Paolo Di Canio: 'Simon Mignolet was crucial to survival'

Di Canio: 'Mignolet was crucial'
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Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio describes departed goalkeeper Simon Mignolet's contribution to their Premier League survival last season as "crucial".

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has said that departed goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was "crucial" to his side's Premier League survival.

Mignolet's move to Liverpool was confirmed this evening and Di Canio also said that the deal would allow the Black Cats to strengthen their squad ahead of next season.

The Italian told the Sunderland website: "Simon is a fantastic footballer, a fantastic professional and a fantastic lad and I would like to personally thank him for his contribution to the team last season.

"He was crucial to what we achieved and he goes with the very best wishes of everyone at the club.

"I would like to assure our fans that there is a huge amount of work going on behind the scenes."

Mignolet made 90 appearances for the Wearside club since joining from hometown club Sint-Truiden in 2010.

Should Pepe Reina depart for Barcelona, Sunderland number one Simon Mignolet is believed to be a target.
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