Sunderland confirm Rubin Kazan midfielder Yann M’Vila has pulled out of a proposed January transfer to the club.
Yann M’Vila had agreed a pre-contract agreement in the summer to sign for Sunderland in January but the deal is now OFF. M’Vila spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats had an option to sign him outright in the summer but instead had committed to signing the midfielder when his contract at Rubin expired at the end of this month.
A three-and-a-half year deal had been agreed between Sunderland and M’Vila but the player has now decided against a return to the club.
In a statement, Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain said: “I was contacted this week by Yann M’Vila’s representatives, who advised that the player no longer wishes to join Sunderland.
“There was a three-and-a-half-year agreement in place, however after discussions with the manager we have decided not to enforce the contract. Any player that we bring to Sunderland Football Club must be wholly committed. Yann M’Vila will therefore not be joining us in January and we wish him well for the future.”