Javier Manquillo comments on Sunderland spell

Sunderland manager David Moyes looks on during the Premier League match between Hull City and Sunderland at KCOM Stadium on May 6, 2017 in Hull, England.

Newcastle United defender Javier Manquillo spent last season on loan at Sunderland from Atletico Madrid.

Sunderland's Spanish defender Javier Manquillo (L) vies with Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Sunderland at the...

Newcastle United defender Javier Manquillo has admitted to The Chronicle that he does not know why he did not feature more than he did at Sunderland last season.

Manquillo spent the 2016-17 campaign on loan at Sunderland from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.

The 23-year-old right-back made 15 starts and five substitute appearances in the Premier League for the Black Cats last season, scoring one goal in the process.

Sunderland struggled last season and dropped down to the Championship, with Manquillo subsequently joining their bitter rivals Newcastle on a permanent contract from Atletico in the summer transfer window.

James McArthur of Crystal Palace and Javi Manquillo of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St. James Park on October 21, 2017 in...

According to The Chronicle, Newcastle had to pay Atletico a transfer fee of £4.5 million in order to secure the services of the former Spain Under-21 international right-back.

Sunderland would have had to to pay Atletico £9.5m if Manquillo played 25 matches for them last season, according to a report in The Chronicle in November 2016.

Manquillo has admitted that he does not know why he did not play more than 20 times for Sunderland - who were then managed by David Moyes - last season, and has also spoken about his time spent at the Stadium of Light.

David Moyes, Manager of Sunderland gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on May 16, 2017 in London, England.

When asked about the politics of his transfer situation at Sunderland, Manquillo told The Chronicle: “You would have to ask David Moyes about that. I don’t know why.”

“I never had any problems with him,” added the defender about his relationship with Moyes. “I just had a hard season but I have never had conflict or personal issues with him.”

Manquillo said about his time at the Stadium of Light: “Sunderland was really tough but like everything in life, you learn from things that have gone wrong. In a way, that difficult year made me a better player.”

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