Former Watford and Tottenham center back Younes Kaboul has opened up on his shock Sunderland departure in 2016.
After joining Sunderland, Kaboul left Sam Allardyce's men just a season, helping the club to avoid relegation with a fantastic run of form in the second half of the campaign. The 34-year-old has admitted he had to leave Sunderland for his family.
"They never came to me and said they weren’t settling, but I had to notice it myself. I had to make a decision. We had pre-season in Austria and Watford contacted my agent to say they wanted me. I told him to take it. I wanted to go back home for my family," he said.
"I don’t really like to speak too much about this because there wasn’t a reason really to leave. The last season went so well. I was gutted. I was kind of like depressed to leave the football club. I knew I wasn’t just leaving the football club, I was leaving the city and the people. So it was really difficult for me."
"I made the transfer request to the club and initially they said no. I told them, ‘look, it’s nothing to do with football. It’s family reasons’. Eventually, they accepted and I respect that."
The Frenchman was a regular in his first season at Watford but made just two appearances in his second season. His final Watford appearance came in September 2017 but he wouldn’t leave the club, by mutual consent, until December 2018.