He said: “The De Guzman deal is dead. He didn’t want to come, let’s be clear. I think if a player doesn’t want to come, then stay away. Hopefully we can get one or two more [signings] by Tuesday [transfer deadline day], but I think in midfield we are OK.”
Advocaat explained that he was looking to bring in De Guzman, 27, to strengthen his midfield, but admitted that a move was off the cards as soon as the player made it clear he was not interested in a move to Wearside.
It was a bold move for Advocaat to take on cancelling the De Guzman deal, considering he would have added a real attacking threat to a Sunderland side currently lacking in talent.
The Dutch international looks to be the kind of player who could improve the side, but his lack of interest in doing a deal with the Black Cats saw the head coach pull out of signing him.
It is probable that Sunderland could have convinced De Guzman to move to the Stadium of Light by offering him an increased wage and bonuses, but Advocaat wanted to ensure he only signed players who were willing to fight for the club.
And this fight will be necessary this season due to the poor campaign many believe Sunderland will endure in the top flight.
Advocaat does not need players in his side who are only there for the money, rather than to represent the club, and although De Guzman is a talented player, avoiding him could be one of the best decisions that the Dutch boss has made since arriving on Wearside.