Emmanuel Eboue admits he dreamed of Premier League return

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The Black Cats' new signing admits being back in the English top flight is like a dream, and says he is desperate to fight for the 'family' club's cause.

New Sunderland signing Emmanuel Eboue has told the club's official website that he had been dreaming of a Premier League return ever since leaving Arsenal five years ago, and says the Wearside club already feels like a family.

The former Gunners man has signed a short-term deal until the end of the season at the Stadium of Light after training with the club for almost a month and featuring for the Under-21s side.

The 32-year-old Ivorian had been without a club since leaving Turkish side Galatasaray at the end of last summer, but will now join Sunderland's fight to avoid relegation in the final two months of the season.

Speaking to his new club's official website, Eboue admitted he wanted to return to the Premier League as he had been dreaming and thinking about England even whilst in Turkey, and says that after a month behind the scenes Sunderland already feels like a family.

He said: "When I came here for the first time it felt like I’d been here already so I’m very happy to sign for the club. I was dreaming about it [returning to the Premier League] and thinking about it when I was in Turkey because I played here before, so I thank god, my new team-mates and also the staff and everybody else who took me in like a son.

"I’ve trained with the team for almost one month and, as I said, from my first day I’ve felt very good; I’ve also known the club for a long time and I know Jermain [Defoe], John [O'Shea] and Catts, as well as the French players, so it is like a family here.

"I also thank the manager who has given me a second chance, so I hope I can give my best for the club and also for him. It is going to be difficult as we’re at the bottom so we will fight hard to move up the table."

Eboue certainly has the experience to strengthen Sunderland's challenge for survival, having made 214 appearances for Arsenal in domestic competitions and the Champions League during six-and-a-half years at the Gunners.

The 32-year-old could be given a baptism by fire by new manager Sam Allardyce if he is put straight into the matchday squad for the Wearsiders' next match, against arch-rivals and fellow strugglers Newcastle United at St. James' Park on 20 March.

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