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Sunderland Football Club have announced the signing of right-back Emmanuel Eboue on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
The Black Cats are currently in the middle of a relegation battle, and the signing of Eboue will give them some much-needed experience at the back having represented Arsenal, Galatasaray and the Ivory Coast.
Eboue has signed a short-term deal until the end of the season after enjoying a brief trial with the club, and it sees him return to the Premier League after five years away.
The Ivorian was with Arsenal for six years before moving to the Super Lig and joining Galatasaray, where he spent five years before being released.
After arriving at the club, Eboue spoke to the club’s official website and he admitted the move felt right for him after enjoying a trial spell.
“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.”