Black Cats sign Pantilimon

by Sunderland AFC

Goalkeeper joins club on a four-year deal.

Sunderland AFC has confirmed that goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon has agreed a four-year deal with the Black Cats. The Romanian international will join the club from July 1 on a free transfer.

The 27-year-old spent three seasons with Manchester City, making 29 appearances for the Barclays Premier League Champions.

The 6ft 8” stopper, capped 19 times by his country, began his career in his homeland with Aerostar Bacau before moving to Politechnica Timisoara from where he joined City.

SAFC sporting director Lee Congerton said: “Competition for places is healthy and brings out the best in players. We already have a great goalkeeper in Vito Manonne and another one now in Costel. 

“Add to this youngster Jordan Pickford, who recently signed a long-term deal and we have a very strong stable of goalkeepers, which is vitally important in the top flight.”

Pantilimon also expressed his delight at completing his move to Wearside: “It is a great privilege and honour to join a club like Sunderland. They have an amazing history and tradition and of course passionate fans.

“When I left Manchester City it was important that I chose a club with good ambition and a head coach who has the hunger and desire to take the team forward.

“After speaking with the boss, I knew this was the right place and he was the right man. I can't wait to start.”

Pantilimon becomes the club’s third summer signing after the Black Cats secured the services of Billy Jones and Jordi Gomez.