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Agent: Mignolet not seeking Sunderland exit

June 6, 2013
By Kristan Heneage

The agent of Simon Mignolet has denied claims his client is looking to leave Sunderland this summer. 

Simon Mignolet
PA PhotosSimon Mignolet's future has been brought into question

Reportedly attracting interest from both Liverpool and Arsenal, Mignolet's agent Guy Vandersmissen has refused to rule out the possibility of his client signing a new contract at the club. The news follows confirmation from the player earlier this week that he had not held discussions with Arsene Wenger over a possible move.

"I’ve been working with Simon since he was 16-years-old," Vandersmissen told ESPN. "At this moment there are some clubs who are interested. For a lot of players there are some clubs interested but Simon still has a two-year contract in Sunderland, so we depend on the position that Sunderland is taking in relationship to an eventual transfer of Simon Mignolet." 

Understood to be happy on Wearside, the former Sint-Truiden player was largely considered one of Sunderland’s best players as they narrowly avoided relegation last season. Currently left with two-years to run on his Sunderland deal, his agent insists they will respect the agreement with Sunderland. 

"There is a contract so we have to respect the contract," he explained. "But I don’t think at this moment we would be prepared to sign a new contract. When there is a new contract the team can block a player [from moving]. There is another 2 years on his contract, if they want us to stick to that, we will stick to that and perhaps leave after two years if there is an interest in Simon.

"Should they say now we are prepared to discuss [a new contract in two years] we must be prepared to discuss the option. If they want to make a proposal to Simon, they should come up with a decent proposal and we will then have a look at it. 

"I would say four or five months ago we talked but the situation for Sunderland was not that good. It was not clear that they would have enough quality to stay in the Premiership so it was not the right moment to discuss or sign a new contract because we didn’t want to start up in the Championship next season."

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