Di Canio I was fine, Poyet... - Departed Sunderland defender talks about exit

Paulo Di Canio signing autographs

Modibo Diakite has been speaking about his exit from Sunderland to Italian media.

This summer has seen plenty of ins and outs at Sunderland. Gus Poyet has moved to finally extinguish the final flickering flames from the Paolo Di Canio reign by bringing in the likes of Jack Rodwell, Jordi Gomez, Will Bucklet and co but also letting 16 players go including the likes of Andrea Dossena, David Moberg Karlsson and Alfred N'Diaye.

Another player who left was Modibo Diakite. He joined Sunderland on a free transfer in June of last year, arriving with a strong track record at Lazio in Serie A.

But after Di Canio departed he was swiftly dropped by Gus Poyet - and went back to Italy, on loan at Fiorentina, in January.

This summer the club negotiated his release from his contract so he could find himself a new club, eventually joining Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna earlier this month.

And now the French defender has opened up over his time at Sunderland. He told Italian site TMW:

"When Di Canio was there I was playing and I was fine. Then the new coach [Gus Poyet] has made ​​his choices and he preferred to play who knew the English league. I have not had a chance to show off. Then I went to Fiorentina, I have to say thank you to the club and Montella who gave me the opportunity to wear the purple shirt. "

Diakite has a six-month deal in Spain which can then be extended immediately if his time at the Riazor is an instant success. He will now go on trying to make a name for himself in Spain but his name on Wearside will forever be an unfortunate footnote in what was a tumultuous time for Sunderland.

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