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Monday 02 July 2012

Sunderland sign defender Cuellar

Former Aston Villa favourite reunited with manager Martin O'Neill at Stadium Of Light

Carlos Cuellar becomes Martin O'Neill's first permanent signing at Sunderland

Sunderland have completed the signing of Spanish defender Carlos Cuellar.

The 30-year-old was a free agent after his contract at Aston Villa expired and he has signed a two-year deal at the Stadium of Light.

He becomes Martin O'Neill's first permanent signing since taking over at Sunderland in December last year.

"Ever since I heard the rumour that Sunderland were interested in signing me, I wanted to come here," Cuellar told the club's official website.

"Ever since I heard the rumour that Sunderland were interested in signing me, I wanted to come here"
- Carlos Cuellar

"To work again with the gaffer, Martin O'Neill, and with everyone talking so well about the club, I didn't have any problem and said straight away I wanted to come.

"[O'Neill] is so clever, he knows everyone very well and knows how to push everyone to get one hundred per cent out of them.

"He gets the best from every player and brings them together to make his teams very competitive."

Cueller has spent a successful time in the United Kingdom since joining Scottish side Rangers in 2007, following four successful years with Osasuna in Spain.

He won the Scottish Premier League Player of the Season Award before joining current Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill at Aston Villa in the summer of 2008.

Cuellar, who can play centre-half or full-back, made 94 Barclays Premier League appearances for the Villa Park side.

His signing follows the departure of George McCartney, who has joined promoted Premier League club West Ham United.

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Key Points

  • Defender Carlos Cuellar signs for Sunderland
  • The 30-year-old is first permanent signing by Martin O'Neill at Sunderland
  • Cuellar joins after Aston Villa contract expired