Reveillere keen to extend Sunderland stay

Anthony Reveillere
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ANTHONY Reveillere would be happy to extend his stay at Sunderland, if the Black Cats offer him a longer contract at the Stadium of Light.

Former France international Reveillere penned a deal until the end of the season when Sunderland were forced to look at options on the Bosman market to solve their defensive crisis in the Autumn and turned to the ex-Lyon full-back.

But Reveillere, yet to appear on a losing side for Sunderland, has proved such a hit in his four outings for the Black Cats that there has already been talk about extending his contract.

After just turning 35, Reveillere is not looking beyond next summer, yet after instantly adapting to his first taste of Premier League football, he admits he would be keen for a longer stint on Wearside if an offer is forthcoming.

Reveillere told the Echo: “I haven’t thought that far ahead yet.

“I’m just looking to make the most of each game as it comes. That’s what you do when you get to 35!

“But if Sunderland offer another contract, then we will see.

“I really like the club, the players, the stadium and the life over here.

“So if there was a chance to stay here longer, then why not.”

He added: “I’m very happy. I’ve played in a win and three draws so it’s all good.

“I’m pleased with the way I’ve been able to adapt to the side.

“I’ve been able to get used to the team and the level of the league.

“I’ve had to play on the left for the last few games, but that’s okay.

“I’m really enjoying the Premier League.

“In games like Chelsea on Saturday, you come up against some of the best players in the world.

“All I can keep doing is giving my maximum in every game.”

Reveillere again impressed in Saturday’s stalemate against Chelsea, as Sunderland became the first side this season to prevent the Premier League leaders from finding the net.

But it was a collectively resilient defensive effort from Gus Poyet’s side, who could even have ended Chelsea’s unbeaten record with the best of the second half opportunities.

“We were happy because it was a good result in a very big match,” said Reveillere.

“We played well to get a point and it should be good for confidence for the next match against Manchester City.

“At the end we had the opportunities to get an even better result.

“But overall we’re very happy to get a point.

“We had two or three opportunities that weren’t far wide.

“Chelsea are a very strong side and had a lot of possession, but I think we showed the determination which will be important in the next two difficult games.

“We’ve done a lot of work on our positioning and Chelsea only had two or three opportunities.”

Reveillere is confident that the effort in thwarting Jose Mourinho’s side won’t have taken too much out of Sunderland ahead of Wednesday’s visit of reigning champions Manchester City, who triumphed 3-0 at Southampton yesterday.

“Everyone will be a bit tired, but Manchester City played yesterday,” he added.

“We’ll recover and maybe not play a lot during training, but I’m sure we’ll be alright and prepare for the game tomorrow and Wednesday.

“We used a lot of energy against Chelsea, so it’s important we recuperate.”