Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Come to North If You Want Passion; North East Is Place to Be for Passion - Cats Boss

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Come to North If You Want Passion; North East Is Place to Be for Passion - Cats Boss

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Byline: Stuart Rayner stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk

GUSTAVO Poyet has been telling his transfer targets that if off-field matters are their main priority, they should go elsewhere, but if it is passion they are looking for, the North East is the place to be.

The Black Cats missed out on target Eduardo Vargas this week when he opted to join Queens Park Rangers instead.

Having spent his entire Premier League playing career in London, Poyet was in no position to criticise, but revealed the sales pitch he has used on the Chilean and others including long-standing target Fabio Borini.

When asked if Sunderland's location in the country or their position in recent Premier League tables were the biggest obstacles to signing players, Poyet responded: "It's a combination of plenty of things, but those two can influence a player. If a player, especially a foreigner, has the choice of a club in London or here in the North East in a similar situation then he will pick London.

"Then there is the financial side and the way they want to live their life or play football or what the manager tells them. I will always tell the truth. Some people want to hear the truth and some people don't.

"If they come here they will know exactly where they stand, ask (Costel) Pantillimon. I tell them it is very windy here!

"In some ways I would love to be in Malaga or Marbella but this place is unique. Every single person you meet in Sunderland knows about the team.

"In London, it's a different way of living, a different passion.

"I love London - I won't say the opposite - and with better weath-er it would be the best city in the world to live in. But I also want to play football, to have the fullest career, away of playing, a relationship with people, training, the way everything comes together.

"It's not just about afternoons and going to the restaurants and the cinema. If I want to live my life away from football, I'd maybe pick Sardinia or Spain or the south of France, but in terms of football here you have everything. …

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