M'Vila: I didn't fit in at Inter

The France international believes that he showed up well in training at Italy but was overlooked by his coach because his “face didn’t fit”

Sunderland midfielder Yann M’Vila believes he was unable to fit in under Roberto Mancini during his time at Inter.

The France international struggled for game time at the Serie A outfit during his spell on loan from Rubin Kazan last season.

M’Vila started just three league games for Inter, with Walter Mazzarri replaced by Mancini early in the campaign.

The 25-year-old said he impressed in training but was never given an opportunity by the former Manchester City manager.

“I was fantastic in training at Inter Milan,” M’Vila told The Guardian .

“I worked hard. I was sometimes better than other players. It was just that my face didn’t fit. I had nothing to be ashamed about.”
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M’Vila has a reputation as being a fiery character, and he lived up to that when he was sent off on debut for Sunderland’s Under-21s last year.

But the former Rennes man insists he has grown up, pointing to his record in the Premier League this season.

“It was far from a headbutt, I just pushed him,” M’Vila said about the Under-21s incident.

“But I have done some bad things in my life; I’ve made some mistakes. Every time, though, I’ve always admitted it and I’ve paid for it.

“I would always say I tell the truth – and I think I’ve definitely matured a lot. Look at the stats this season. I’ve played about 30 games and had one yellow card.”