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Black Cats boss claims that there is interest from other clubs in his Irish midfielder and praises his courage, but Meyler insists that he is focused on Sunderland

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has indicated that there is 'loads' of interest in the Black Cats' Irish midfielder David Meyler.

The 23-year-old midfielder suffered a spate of knee injuries over the past few seasons and O'Neill was keen to praise the Cork man's 'courage'.

“There’s loads of people interested in Meyler," O'Neill told the Sunderland Echo."But I think he’s got great courage and he’s a really great kid."

He added: “I like him a lot and I can understand why teams want him. But he’s had some serious injuries and he’s still as brave as ever.”

Meyler, meanwhile, has said that he does not know of any interest in him and insists that he is focused on playing his way into Martin O'Neill's plans. “

"I don’t know about any interest in me from any other clubs, but that’s not what interests me at the moment anyway," the former Cork City player said.

“I’m just interested in trying to get to my match fitness for the new season, hoping to show the manager what I can do," he added.

"I’ve been delighted to be involved in the trip to South Korea and hopefully I’ll get more opportunities ahead of the new season.

“It’s great to be back playing again, I’ve had no problems with the old injury and it’s just a case of trying to get as many matches as possible under my belt now,” concluded Meyler.

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