ALFRED N’Diaye has been included in Sunderland’s squad for their pre-season trip to Portugal, despite the question marks over his future.
Spanish side Real Betis have been keen to re-sign N’Diaye after he spent the second half of last season on loan in La Liga.
And with Gus Poyet deciding to leave behind several players on Wearside who are not in his plans for the new season, there were doubts over whether N’Diaye would be involved in the 10-day trip to Portugal.
But the Senegal midfielder was included in the squad which flew to the Algarve today.
That will be a boost to the N’Diaye’s hopes of remaining at Sunderland, with the 24-year-old keen for a second chance with the Black Cats.
As the Echo reported yesterday Danny Graham has not travelled to Portugal, and neither have Cabral or Modibo Diakite - all of whom are expected to leave the club this summer.
Several youngsters, including Duncan Watmore, have also remained in the North East.