Yann M’Vila says he has been left heartbroken after Sunderland ignored his attempts to push through a deadline day move.
The Black Cats spent much of the summer trying to put together a permanent deal for the French midfielder after being impressed by his performances while on loan at the Stadium of Light last season.
However, his Russian club Rubin Kazan were unwilling to let M’Vila leave on a free despite him having less than a year to run on his contract, and had demanded Sunderland pay a fee.
A deal looked like it might finally be struck on deadline day when the 26-year-old posted a picture of himself at Heathrow airport on Instagram.
The transfer deadline passed without the announcement of a deal for M’Vila and the midfielder went back on Instagram later to express his dismay with Sunderland’s failure to get in contact.
He wrote: “I called Sunderland but they are not picking up the phone. Why? My heart has broken.”
Sunderland boss David Moyes is thought to be keen on bringing M’Vila back and will hope the deal can be resurrected in January.
The Black Cats are 5/1 with Titanbet to finish bottom of the Premier League this season.