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Black Cat Cana wary of card count

Lorik Cana
Cana has been made captain by Black Cats boss Steve Bruce

Sunderland captain Lorik Cana has revealed he may have to alter his playing style if he continues to pick up bookings in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old has three yellow cards in just five top-flight games, and the midfielder admits he might need to rein in his competitive nature.

"I have to change some small things in my game and my style, I can change my nature," he told BBC Newcastle.

"I am a typical midfield player and I'm trying to be strong and organised."

The Albania international arrived at the Stadium of Light from French side Marseille, where he was a fans favourite for his uncompromising play at the heart of the midfield at the Stade Velodrome.

And Cana, who was made captain by boss Steve Bruce, has enjoyed his introduction to life on Wearside and the Premier League from the first five games.

"From the start I have had a good relationship with the players, the staff, the manager and everybody here," he said.

"The Premier League is the best league in the world, it's tough and all the teams have very good players.

"When I arrived I wasn't in a good condition, but from the first five games I'm really happy with our start, and I want to give my best for the future and to have more and more victories in the future."

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