Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sense of Being Wanted Refreshing for Onuoha; Onuoha Positive about His Future

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sense of Being Wanted Refreshing for Onuoha; Onuoha Positive about His Future

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STEVE Bruce's "faith" persuaded Nedum Onuoha to join Sunderland after deciding to leave the Manchester City circus, but the versatile defender will not be rushed into deciding whether he wants to stay, writes STUART RAYNER.

Onuoha (pictured right) joined on a season-long loan last week after admitting defeat in the cut-throat battle just to earn a place in the squad. After eight months of silent treatment from Roberto Mancini the prospect of joining an ambitious club with a manager enthusiastic about him attracted the England Under-21 international.

"I'd been hearing about certain things for a month, two months but nothing came of it," he recalled. "It might have been Monday or Tuesday (last week) when I heard it might be happening and I was straight up here. I felt positive because I had got wind of an interest from Sunderland. Things at City weren't looking great. I wasn't really hearing anything from the manager in terms of how I fitted into his plans for the season. So when I heard there this opportunity, I took it. One manager (Mancini) doesn't say anything, Steve Bruce showed a lot of faith in me. He thinks I'm a good player and I can develop as a player. This club is very ambitious, so why would I not want to come here?

"It's a very good squad, a young squad, and it seems like the club's going to be doing better things in years to come because everyone has a positive ambition and that does make a big difference. We're not just here to avoid relegation, everyone's hoping we can be more successful than we have been in the past." Modern loans routinely contain an option to make the arrangement permanent, but Onuoha is not thinking that far ahead. "It's very much a suck-and-see situation for all of us at the moment," the 23-year-old admitted, before joking: "City wanted pounds 50m for me or something, but not many teams can afford that these days. …

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