Cattermole enjoying spell at ‘amazing’ VVV-Venlo

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Lee Cattermole has left Sunderland after a decade with the club.

Lee Cattermole has spoken about his decision to join VVV-Venlo in the summer and described the Eredivisie outfit as an "amazing club".

The 31-year-old combative midfielder made the decision to leave English football for the first time in his career when his contract with Sunderland expired.

Cattermole had spent 10 years with the Black Cats and made over 250 appearances for the club, but opted to move on from the Stadium of Light after the club lost the League One play-off final against Charlton in May.

He is now plying his trade for VVV-Venlo after admitting a potential move to the English Championship failed to materialise.

His new club currently sits in 13th position in the Dutch top flight having won three and lost six of their opening nine games.

VVV-Venlo have a three-point cushion to ADO Den Haag in the final relegation play-off spot and Cattermole claims he is delighted that he made the move to the Netherlands.

The former Middlesbrough and Wigan man described the club and people as “amazing” and compared them to a Dutch version of “Fulham or Bournemouth”.

He said: “They’ve just redone the front of the stadium, they’re redoing the pitch… it’s only their third consecutive season in the top league but they’re recycling the money back in. It’s really well run.

“That’s what I was so impressed with when I first turned up. They sat me in the board room and told me what they wanted from me: to help improve the standards around the place, to help the younger players, to demand more from them.”