Defender 'wants to stay in the Premier League' and casts doubt over Sunderland future

Oviedo might seek to leave Sunderland this summer
Oviedo might seek to leave Sunderland this summer
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Bryan Oviedo has admitted that he will look for the opportunity to stay in the Premier League this summer.

The left-back signed in January following the sale of Patrick van Aanholt to Crystal Palace for £14 million.

Oviedo joined alongside then Everton team-mate in a deal thought to be worth around £7.5 million. He made 10 league appearances after arriving but missed a significant part of the run-in with a hamstring injury, though he was able to return for the final week of the season.

His contract runs until 2020 but while on international duty he told the Costa Rican media that he may look for a move back to the top flight.

He said: “I have a contract with Sunderland, it is a great team with very good infrastructure, the only problem was the relegation. If I have to continue in the it's Championship is a great league but I will always look for the option to remain in the Premier League."

Oviedo is one of a number of Sunderland players to suggest they will look for an exit this summer, including striker Jermain Defoe and centre-half Papy Djilobodji.

Should he stay, however, Oviedo is convinced that the Black Cats can bounce back at the first opportunity.

He told the Echo following the Arsenal defeat earlier this month: "At the moment I feel disappointed because when I came here I came with the ambition to try to help the team to stay in the Premier League but it was not easy.

“We didn’t get the results we wanted but we need to look forward and be ready for next season.

“The team needs to get back to the the Premier League because everyone wants this – the team and the fans."