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Contrary to comments from his agent, the Black Cats keeper believes that a move to a larger club will not be necessary to challenge Thibaut Courtois for the Belgium No.1 spot

Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has played down reports that he is set to leave the club and insists that he is relishing life at the Stadium of Light.

Mignolet's representative, Guy Vandersmissen, hinted that the 24-year-old was seeking pastures new in order to gain international recognition as he looks to pip Chelsea's on-loan keeper Thibaut Courtois to his country's starting position.

But Mignolet has moved quickly to extinguish the speculation and insists that he can re-claiming the number one spot whilst playing at Sunderland.
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"Of course, my ambition is to regain the No.1 spot with my national team, but I feel I can do that with Sunderland," he told the club's official website.

"I was playing as Belgium's No.1 a year ago and hopefully that can be the case in the future.

"I felt I wanted to communicate with the club's fans following the media reaction to comments made by my representative, which I feel were taken out of context and not a true reflection.

"I am happy at Sunderland – a club I am proud to represent. I will continue focusing on my football, starting with Saturday’s game against Fulham."

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