Mignolet's future depends on Sunderland, says agent

The 25-year-old goalkeeper has two years left on his contract at the Stadium of Light, so any possible summer departure is down to the club and not the wishes of the player
Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet possible summer exit from the Stadium of Light is down to the club, insists the Belgium international's agent.

The 25-year-old impressed last season despite the Black Cats’ struggle against relegation, and is reportedy keen to leave the club in the near future.

But with Mignolet still contracted to Sunderland for a further two years, Guy Vandersmissen admits the Premier League club are not required to sell one of their star performers.

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He told ESPN: "At this moment there are some clubs who are interested but Simon still has a two-year contract so we depend on the position that Sunderland is taking in relation to an eventual transfer.

"There is a contract so we have to respect the contract. 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.

"There are another two 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.

"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."

Vandersmissen revealed that Sunderland were keen to extend Mignolet's deal earlier in the season, but the goalkeeper was hesitant due to the threat of relegation still looming over the club.

"I would say four or five months ago we talked but the situation for Sunderland was not that good," he continued.

"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."