Steve Bruce gets his man

Sunderland seal Riveros deal

May 11, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Sunderland have completed the signing of Paraguay international Cristian Riveros on a three-year deal from Mexican club Cruz Azul.

GettyImages / DavidLilloCristian Riveros: Three-year deal

Riveros, who was selected in Gerardo Martino's provisional World Cup squad on Tuesday, had been in manager Steve Bruce's sights for some time.

After finally sealing a deal for the midfielder, Bruce said: "We have been monitoring Cristian for a while now, so I'm delighted to have concluded a deal which will bring him to Sunderland and the Barclays Premier League.

"He is a very creative midfielder and a player that will enhance our attacking options from wide positions for next season.''

The 27-year-old, who was a free agent after his contract with Crul Azul expired, will link up with compatriot Paulo Da Silva at the Stadium of Light.

Riveros said: "Sunderland have shown trust in me as a person and as a footballer. The history here is good and I'm delighted to be joining the club."

The versatile midfielder, who can play on the left or in a central role, has won 45 international caps for Paraguay.