Poyet wants talks with Reveillere over on-song defender’s Sunderland future

Anthony Reveillere in action against Burnley

Anthony Reveillere in action against Burnley

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SUNDERLAND will hold discussions with Anthony Reveillere over his Black Cats future, with the full-back’s short-term contract expiring in the summer.

Reveillere has been a revelation since arriving on a free transfer in October after Sunderland’s injury situation forced Gus Poyet and Lee Congerton to scour the Bosman market for a stop-gap signing.

The former France international had been without a club since leaving Napoli in May, was just about to turn 35 and had never played in the Premier League before.

But, despite his advancing years, Reveillere immediately adapted to the English game and has continued to shine in the last two games after returning from an Achilles injury.

Reveillere only penned a deal until the end of the season when he first arrived, but head coach Poyet has revealed that Sunderland will look into the possibility of extending the ex-Lyon man’s Stadium of Light stay.

Poyet told the Echo: “I think we will talk to him, for sure.

“Between now and the end of the season, there are decisions we need to make with players finishing contracts, positions and things like that.

“But he’s a good lad.

“When we signed him, he was 34, it was October and my first question was ‘Why didn’t you retire?’.

“He said that he felt alright.

“He’s shown that because it’s not easy at that age to stop playing for four months and coming back that way at Crystal Palace (Reveillere’s debut) and marking the players he marked.

“You need to be good and he was good.

“We couldn’t go and get him in the summer because he wasn’t among the players you think of signing for three years.

“But then circumstances put us in a situation to think about it.”

Reveillere had enjoyed a glittering career in France – making more than 400 appearances for Lyon and Rennes, while winning 20 caps for his country.

And Poyet admits that if Reveillere was much younger, Sunderland may not have had the chance to sign him.

“I would buy him if he was 25,” added Poyet.

“I’m going to be honest, though, I don’t know if he would be here!

“He would be playing Champions League every year.

“He’s very intelligent. With respect to the rest, he’s the one you can tell things too and he gets it so fast.

“He makes all the other players sure, he’s good on the ball and he’s calm.

“He’s a great, great addition and a really good professional.”