EBOUE: The first interview

by Oscar Chamberlain

New signing speaks exclusively to safc.com.

Sunderland must play hard and fight for their right to stay in the Barclays Premier League, according to new signing Emmanuel Eboue.

The Ivorian completed a move to Wearside on Wednesday penning a short-term deal until the end of the season, and speaking exclusively to safc.com revealed why he wanted to return to England’s top flight.

Eboue, who initially arrived at the club on trial, has already featured for the under-21s and will add valuable experience to the Black Cats’ ranks having spent eight years with Arsenal, during which time the Gunners reached the UEFA Champions League final.

And after putting pen to paper the defender revealed he can’t wait to help the team climb the Barclays Premier League table.

“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,” said Eboue. “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.”

He continued: “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.

“I saw the manager for maybe five minutes because he knows me already, and now we’re like a family so we will work together and try to make the team happier.

“In this team we have some experienced players like Catts, Wes [Brown] and the captain John, so now, with me and others like Jermain, we have a good team and a good squad but we have to play hard,

“It is going to be difficult as we’re at the bottom so we will fight hard to move up the table.”