Stoke thought they had got their man on deadline day but Sunderland pulled the plug on a deal at the last minute when Poyet decided to keep midfielder.
The Black Cats signed impressive Brighton holding man Liam Bridcutt on deadline day and he started yesterday’s emphatic Tyne-Wear derby victory at St James’ Park.
Cattermole was not involved yesterday as he was injured but many thought that he may be sold late on however Poyet showed his happiness at being able to keep hold of a key man despite signing a competitive midfielder.
“He is a very, very important player and I am delighted that the chairman said to me, ‘if you need him he stays’. It is about having the players you need to stay up and Lee is one of those,” Poyet said.
“We did not want to lose any of our main players. Sometimes a club might put an offer that makes you think, you like to say everyone has a price.
I say sometimes you have to be realistic but I am delighted we don’t lose any of our most important players.”