Pantilimon pleased with Sunderland switch

Goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon has spoken of his delight at securing a move to Sunderland from Manchester City, reports Sky Sports.

The giant Romanian stopper made the move to the north east on a free transfer and expressed his happiness and excitement for his future with the Black Cats, saying: “I am convinced that I will enjoy many good things here.”

The 27-year-old initially joined Manchester City on loan from Politehnica Timi?oara in 2011, and made the move permanent a year later. However, other than a brief spell late in 2013 when he made his only seven Premier League appearances, he failed to dislodge Joe Hart from the team and was reduced to irregular outings in cup competitions. His last appearance in a City shirt was in the disappointing FA Cup quarter final home defeat to Wigan Athletic.

Pantilimon, who has 18 international caps for Romania, was told he was free to leave at the end of last season, and moved quickly to sign a contract with Sunderland.

“I can tell you that it was a very quick transfer,” said Pantilimon. “I had discussions with the manager (Gus Poyet) and I was convinced immediately by his way of seeing things, as he presented me with all of his future plans concerning the team.”

The Wearside club recently released injury-plagued Scottish international goalkeeper Craig Gordon, who joined Celtic earlier this week, as well as Irish international Kieran Westwood. However, they have retained the services of Italian Vito Mannone, who was named as the club’s Player of the Year in 2013/14 and will provide Pantilimon with stiff competition for a starting berth.

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