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Riera completes Black Cats switch

11 Aug 2006 - 07:45:50

Sunderland have completed the signing of midfielder Arnau Riera from Barcelona.

The 24-year-old, who captained Barca's B team last season, has signed a three-year contract with the Black Cats after impressing during a ten-day trial on Wearside.

Manager Niall Quinn told Sunderland's official website: "Arnau is an exciting player. He has fantastic lungs, is a playmaker but can also tackle.

"He's the type of player you need to be to come to Sunderland; he ticks all the boxes. He's a fine, athletic player.

"I've talked about us needing creativity and he's a player I think will create."

Riera is likely to go straight in to the team for Saturday's Championship clash with Plymouth, as long as his international clearance arrives in time.


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