Sunderland look to have finally finished their on-going saga and Jack Ross will be looking for the club to put it all behind them as they look to challenge for a place back in the Championship.
The midfielder, who is their record signing, has been AWOL for a number of months after it was believed he no did not want to be a part of their efforts to get promoted from League One.
The Gabon international, who is thought to have had a change of mind recently, arrived on Monday but was informed that Sunderland would be terminating his deal after he breached areas of his deal with the Black Cats.
The club have also informed the 24-year-old that they would bring legal action against him and any possible team that decides to hand him a contract for compensatory fees, which could make it difficult for him to land a new contract elsewhere.
The statement in full read: “Sunderland AFC has given notice under its contract with Didier Ndong. The player, who was under contract with the club until June 2021, failed to return to Sunderland for pre-season training in July as scheduled, nor in the subsequent months that followed. No reason was given for his failure to report and continued absence.
“As a result, the club has accepted Didier Ndong’s repudiatory breaches of contract and notice of the same has been provided to the player. Sunderland AFC does so whilst retaining the right to pursue the player and any club he may subsequently join in relation to compensation for the value of the player.”
Sunderland will be pleased that the whole mess of AWOL players is now behind them somewhat and Ross will be determined to keep the club’s focus on trying to achieve promotion to the Championship.
Ndong is thought to have had the chance to leave the Black Cats earlier in the summer, however, it appeared as though he failed to negotiate any form of a deal to allow that to happen.
Despite being a free agent, he will not be able to sign for a club until January and he could end up costing them a fair amount of money, as Sunderland will look to try and recoup some of the money they lost on their record signing.
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