George Evans reveals why he chose Derby County over Sunderland

Why has George Evans turned down Sunderland?
Why has George Evans turned down Sunderland?

George Evans has opened up on his decision to choose a switch to Derby County over Sunderland.

The former Manchester City midfielder had looked set to seal a move to the Stadium of Light, with a fee having been agreed with Reading and discussions in advanced stages.

But he held off in the hopes of finding a new club in the Championship, with his patience eventually resulting in a switch to Derby County - who have spent an undisclosed six-figure fee to bring the 23-year-old to the iPro Stadium.

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And Evans has now revealed why he picked the Rams over Sunderland - with Derby manager Frank Lampard proving a particular lure.

"For me, it's a no-brainer," he admitted.

"Obviously working under the manager here, it's a fantastic football club and a big football club.

"It's a big opportunity for me and it's something that, when I heard there was interest, it was something I just wanted to go for.

"I'm delighted to be here now."

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Evans played alongside Lampard during his time at Manchester City, where the former Chelsea star aided his step-up from youth football.

And the former Reading man has revealed the impact that his now-manager had on his progression.

"The time I was at Manchester City before, obviously Frank was in the first team and I was in and around the first team at the time," he added.

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"He helped me a lot, he was talking to me a lot trying to help my game

"As a young player you just listen to people like that and it was a big learning curve for me."