AHMED Elmohamady will shun interest from elsewhere in the Premier League to finalise his move to Sunderland this summer.
The Egyptian has enjoyed a productive maiden campaign in English football, figuring in all but two of Sunderland’s top-flight games after arriving on a season-long loan from ENPPI.
Sunderland have informed Elmohamady’s parent club that they intend to take up the option of converting the 23-year-old’s loan deal into a permanent move in the summer for a £2million fee.
Nevertheless, several other Premier League clubs, including Arsenal and West Brom, are thought to have monitored Elmohamady despite the Black Cats having first refusal on the Egyptian international.
But Elmohamady has settled at the Stadium of Light and will not contemplate either a move to another Premier League club, or one on the continent, at the end of the season.
“I would like to move here in the summer, if the manager wants to sign me,” said Elmohamady.
“I like it here at Sunderland and I am happy. I know the other players, I know the manager and the fans have been very good to me.
“It’s a very good club. There has been other interest in me – three other clubs that I know about, in England and abroad.
“But I am not interested in going anywhere else. I want to come to Sunderland.
“And my club back in Egypt are happy for me to come here.”
Elmohamady looked as if he had broken his Sunderland duck in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to West Brom – only for replays to show the ball had gone in off Baggies defender Nicky Shorey.
Despite having to continue his wait for his first Black Cats goal, Elmohamady insists his all-round game is vastly improved from when he made his Sunderland debut on the opening day of the season against Birmingham.
Elmohamady faces Alex McLeish’s side again this Saturday in a crunch relegation clash and could find himself at right-back with Sunderland short on defensive bodies due to injuries to Titus Bramble, John Mensah and Anton Ferdinand.
He said: “I am a better player now than when I first came to England because I am adapting all the time.
“I know I can get better and I want to start scoring goals too.”