June 13, 2024

Michael Beale outlines key Sunderland target - and explains how his side  will play - Yahoo Sport

Pierre Ekwah’s response Sunderland fans will love amid Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace transfer links

Pierre Ekwah discusses his first year at Sunderland after leaving West Ham and conversations with head coach Michael Beale.

Pierre Ekwah says Sunderland is the perfect place for his development and that he’s really enjoying life on Wearside amid reported interest from elsewhere.

Pierre Ekwah shrugs off transfer talk to take starring role in Sunderland's  Southampton rout - Chronicle Live

The 22-year-old midfielder only joined the Black Cats just over a year ago from West Ham, where he played for the under-21s team, but has become a first-team regular at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland fended off interest in Ekwah last summer, following his impressive end to the previous season, while Premier League clubs including Nottingham and Crystal Palace have been credited with interest in him

Pierre Ekwah shrugs off transfer talk to take starring role in Sunderland's  Southampton rout - Chronicle Live

Yet Ekwah remains grateful for the opportunities he’s received on Wearside. When asked if he still believes it’s the best place for his development, he told the Echo: “Oh yeah, 100 per cent. Like I said the last time we spoke, I’m definitely happy here. For my development as a person and as a footballer it’s the perfect place. I’m really enjoying myself and you can see it out there that a lot of people are enjoying themselves, that’s for sure.”

Ekwah has moved back into a more advanced midfield position under Michael Beale, who was appointed at the end of December. The Frenchman says he’s enjoyed chatting with Beale about tactical information and previous experiences after an eventful 12 months in the North East.

Pierre Ekwah shrugs off transfer talk to take starring role in Sunderland's  Southampton rout - Chronicle Live

“We were talking about my past and all this, about where I’ve been and things like that,” replied Ekwah when asked about his conversations with Beale. “When the new gaffer came in he introduced himself and at the same time we introduced ourselves to him. Knowing the background of everyone I think is great and he’s done a great gesture and I appreciate that.”

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