Paolo Di Canio 'very happy' with Sunderland squad's fitness

Di Canio, who took over Sunderland near the end of last season and kept them in the Premier League, has courted controversy with his hardline approach.

updated: July 21, 2013 14:23 IST
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Hong Kong: Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio joked Sunday that he would have to cough up the cash to his players after threatening to fine them if they returned for pre-season overweight.

The Italian said he was "very happy" with the fitness of his new-look squad and laughed that he should be sending money the players' way because "some of them were underweight".

"They are lucky. Now I have to pay them because some of them were underweight," Di Canio said upon arrival in Hong Kong, where his side will play Spurs in the Barclays Asia Trophy on Wednesday.

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