Josh Maja’s transfer admission has certainly got supporters talking.
The former Sunderland star gave an exclusive interview to the Sunderland Echo where he revealed that he would have stayed at the Stadium Of Light if he’d been offered a suitable contract.
The 20-year-old attracted criticism after leaving the Black Cats last January in favour of a move to Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.
Maja had just six months left on his contract, meaning that the Wearsiders were awarded a compensation fee for the starlet which amounted to significantly less than his true market value.
This left a bitter taste in supporters’ mouths, but Maja moved to address his move by saying: “It was a bit of…it was up and down.
“Basically, I wanted to stay. Given the right contract, I would have stayed.
Should Sunderland have tried harder to keep hold of Josh Maja?
“But at the time, I don’t think Sunderland were prepared to give me what I wanted so when the opportunity to play in one of Europe’s top five leagues came up, I couldn’t turn that down.
“It wasn’t an easy decision, but it was one which to improve my career and my game I think I had to make.”
As you’d expect, supporters were quick to respond to his comments on social media.
Here’s how some Sunderland supporters reacted to the Sunderland Echo’s post.
Cut a long story short … he wanted more money to stay .
— keith coundon (@Keiith_C_1971) November 18, 2019
I wish he had stayed. We’ve have been promoted last season.
— Matthew (@MJacko1989) November 18, 2019
I wanted to stay… if they paid me more. Pretty much the story of most transfers isn’t it? Well done for getting the interview but not much of interest here yet.
— Adam Guest (@adamguest) November 18, 2019
Was never gonna stay. His agent wanted a big pay day.
— kevin defty (@kevindefty1) November 18, 2019
if you really wanted to stay you easily could of but you went for more money which is obv why your agent pushed the deal thru so he got more
— hulk cass🔴⚪🔴⚪ (@hulkcass10) November 18, 2019
— Richara (@SAFC_Mancunia) November 18, 2019
Yeah right, but you didn't want it enough……
— Chris (@heidelberg35) November 18, 2019