Friday 30 May 2014
Jordi Gomez is "glad to be back in the Premier League" after agreeing to join Sunderland from Wigan Athletic.
"I've played some games in the Stadium of Light and always felt the support was brilliant"
The 29-year-old midfielder, who joins fellow new arrival Billy Jones on Wearside, has agreed a three-year deal at the Stadium of Light and will become a Sunderland player from 1 July after his contract with Wigan expires.
"I am really happy to be joining such a big club as Sunderland and just grateful for this new challenge in my career," he told SAFC TV. "I've played some games in the Stadium of Light and always felt the support was brilliant and last season the fans played a big part in the good results the team got.
"I was in the Premier League for four years with Wigan and we got relegated but I am glad to be back and Sunderland is a massive club so I am very happy to be here."
Gomez came through the Barcelona youth system before moving to Espanyol in 2007. He had a loan spell with Swansea City in 2008 and followed manager Roberto Martinez to Wigan in 2009.
The Spaniard helped Wigan win the 2013 FA Cup last year and claimed the Championship club's Player of the Year award this season after scoring a further 11 goals as Uwe Rosler's charges reached the semi-finals of the Championship play-offs, which was lost to Queens Park Rangers, and the FA Cup semi-finals.
Gomez is relishing the prospect of working under Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet, who signed a new two-year deal with the Black Cats this week.
"It's very good news [that Poyet signed] as he's a brilliant manager," said Gomez. "He did a very good job last year so I am really happy to be working with him. He has very good ideas, I like the way he wants to play so I am really happy to have a coach like him. My playing style will fit with his ideas."