Cana leaves Sunderland for Galatasaray

Sunderland says Albania midfielder Lorik Cana has left the club

to join Turkish side Galatasaray.

The English Premier League club says it has agreed a fee in

excess of 6 million euros (5 million pounds) with Galatasaray for

the 26-year-old Cana, who captained Sunderland last season.

Cana made 35 appearances for Sunderland, which he joined last

summer from French club Marseille.

Cana told Sunderland’s website Thursday that he saw the move as

a chance to be “closer to my family,” adding that he was also

tempted by the opportunity to play in the Champions League with

Galatasaray next season.