Steve Bruce factor help seal the Sunderland deal

New Sunderland signing Sebastian Larsson has revealed that working with Steve Bruce again was the key factor in the Swede’s decision to move to Wearside, amid interest from other clubs.

The Scandinavian was available on a free transfer following Birmingham’s relegation, and despite interest from Newcastle and Arsenal, he was eager to link up with his old Blues boss again.

“The gaffer showed an interest in me quite early, a lot of interest, which is obviously nice. I have worked with him before and it is a big club, a massive club,” he is stated as saying in The Telegraph.

“I wanted to take the next step and I really feel I have done that by coming here. It has a huge fan base, great stadium and facilities and that is what you want when you play football. The club are trying to push forward. There have been quite a few new signings which, hopefully, will make the squad better,” he stated.

The midfielder is one of nine additions to the Black Cats squad in the transfer window, and the 26-year-old is impressed by the outfit’s ambitions of spending money whilst they can.

“That is what they told me before I signed – that they were really going to try and have a go. How far that goes, we will have to wait and see,” he concluded.

Sunderland open their 2011/12 Premier League campaign against Liverpool at Anfield on August 13th.