Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is flattered by interest from other clubs but is determined to stay with the Black Cats for the foreseeable future.

Mignolet has been in stunning form this season and has prompted bigger clubs to be linked with him in a summer move.

The 24 year old is set to be named North East player of the year tonight at an awards ceremony and Manchester United and Arsenal have both been scouting the stopper in recent weeks.

The Belgian ‘keeper is not thinking about a summer move and is completely focused on doing a job for Sunderland.

Mignolet knows he is just one mistake away from being in the headlines for all the wrong reasons after a defeat at West Brom yesterday.

“I try to say to people who ask me about being linked with other clubs that it goes in one ear and out of the other,” Mignolet told The Sun.

“That is what you are going to get as a footballer. Sometimes you are a hero and sometimes you are in the eye of a storm — things change quickly.

“The only thing I can do is focus on my own game. All those clubs I am linked with, if I make a mistake on Saturday, I will be un- linked straight away.

“It will be the exact opposite and that’s why I don’t really get fussed about it.”

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