Sunderland Boss Desperate To Tie Down star
Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill has quashed rumours that goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will leave the North East in the summer.
The Sunderland boss has revealed that he plans to hold contract talks with the Belgian stopper in the coming weeks and that he believes there will be no problem in doing the deal.
Mignolet has been on inspired form for an inconsistent Sunderland side who appeared to have turned a corner in late January before slumping to three consecutive defeats.
The 24-year-old has fought off impressive competition in the form of Craig Gordon and Keiren Westwood to be first choice at the Stadium of Light and O’Neill hopes it will remain that way for the long term.
Atletico Madrid were reportedly tracking Mignolet in recent weeks with a view to a summer move and it was thought that Champions League football could tempt the ‘keeper to the Spanish capital.
However, O’Neill is looking forward to contract talks to get under way so Mignolet can focus on playing for Sunderland.
“We would really like to try to tie him down to a longer contract,” O’Neill told Sky Sports.
“There have been talks about that for some time, but I think we would really want to try to firm that up as soon as we could. I think he’s receptive to it.”