The Denmark international was sent to the Stadium of Light on a temporary deal by parent club Arsenal in the summer, and with first-team opportunities not forthcoming the Scandinavian will need a new home for next season.
Despite claiming in the past that he wants to play in the Champions League, Bendtner has not ruled out an extended stay on Wearside.
“I’ve never hidden the fact that I’m very keen to play in the Champions League again,” he told SAFC tv.
“But I also read that I’d said if I don’t play in the Champions League, I won’t be playing for Sunderland. That is not the case but I know how they misinterpret Danish into English.
“As a player you should have ambition – I’m sure every player you speak to wants to play in the Champions League.
“But I haven’t ruled out staying at Sunderland. As I’ve said before, I just want to enjoy the year I have here and then see what happens in the summer,” he stated.
With Danny Welbeck and Asamoah Gyan no lo longer at the club and Connor Wickham injured, Bendtner is the main man for Steve Bruce’s side and is enjoying the responsibility.
“I am enjoying being the focal point. I don’t mind that at all. But as well as you can sit and talk about things here, people will always look at how many goals you have scored. They don’t look at overall play.
“I still think there is a lot more to come from me. I want to become more dominant in the game, always try to create something.
“I’ve been quite happy with the progress I have made and if I can take my recent record at international level into the club game then that would be fantastic,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight