Sunderland new boy Jason Denayer admits he started deadline day with the intention of moving to Turkish giants Galatasaray.

The Belgium international defender was looking to seal a loan move away from Manchester City as he eyes enjoying regular first team football this season.

Still just 21 years old, Denayer spent last term on loan in Turkey with Galatasaray and was minded to return to the Turk Telekom Arena.

But Manchester City decided that playing in the Premier League would be better for the Belgian, allowing the Citizens to keep a close eye on his progress and also preparing him for a return to the Etihad Stadium.

"[Deadline day] was one of the hardest days I have experienced in my career", Denayer admitted to Belgian daily Het Laaste Nieuws.


"There was a very long meeting about my future with the club.

"The intention was to go to Galatasaray because I have fond memories and I know the club well, but that was not to be.

"It is important that you do not see it in a negative way."

Denayer has now bolstered David Moyes' defensive options at Sunderland as the Black Cats look to keep well away from the relegation dogfight in the Premier League this season.

The 21-year-old, who won the Turkish Cup with Galatasaray last season, will be aiming to kick on and nail down a regular spot in the side at the Stadium of Light.