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Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet’s agent says his client is unlikely to sign a new deal at the club and would like to move on this summer.
The Belgian joined the Wearsiders in 2010 and has gone on to establish himself as one of the most important players in the Black Cats’ squad, playing a key role in their recent successful battle against relegation.
However, he has now hinted that he wants to leave the Stadium of Light as he believes playing in Europe could hold the key to his chances of earning his national side’s number one spot ahead of Thibaut Courtois for the 2014 World Cup.
The stopper’s current deal at the club runs until 2015, with the board thought to be looking to offer him a new contract but, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United all being linked with moves for the 25-year-old, he looks set for a summer exit.
The player’s agent, Nico Vaesen, has now added to the speculation, suggesting that the player has gone as far as he can at Sunderland and must leave if he is to fulfil his ambitions.
“Simon has obviously come to a point where he wants to step up a level and there is a lot of interest in him,” he told the Sunderland Echo. “He is very ambitious and wants to play in the World Cup, in Brazil, next year.
“It was a good thing that Sunderland stayed up and it is a fantastic club where he has had three great years. But it is maybe time to step up a level and play for a club competing for a European spot.”