Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio is confident that the club’s new foreign signings will not take long to settle at the club.
The Stadium of Light outfit have already been busy in the transfer market during the close-season, bringing in a number of players as they aim to improve on their 17th-placed finish last term.
The likes of Modibo Diakite, Cabral and Valentin Roberge have arrived from Lazio, Basel and Maritimo respectively, and although Di Canio knows that players from other countries often take time to settle in the English game, he expects the attraction of Premier League football to help motivate his new charges.
“The players that have come from abroad have already good experience, they played really good football abroad, but English football is the best football in the world, more physical, more exciting in every game,” Di Canio told the club’s official website.
“In other countries, in Italy and in Spain, there are some games that are easy in some ways. Here there is nothing easy even when you play against Macclesfield in the cup. So for them, it will be a good challenge, and also because in here, everywhere you go to play, you can see there is a hot atmosphere, a beautiful stadium.
“This can happen only in England, this is the truth, so for them it should be a big occasion to play at the top level in the best league in the world. They have all the ingredients to try to give their best.”
Di Canio is taking steps in pre-season to ensure that all his new signings integrate with their team-mates.
“Since the first day when we have a drill with the ball I give one ball to every two players and I put one British with one player from abroad, because we can celebrate the process of integration and understanding,” Di Canio added.
“Otherwise it’s typical, not because they are bad guys, that French guy will spend more time with other French guy because it’s more natural and more convenient. It depends on us to create the situation to let them understand quick and let them link together.”