SANTIAGO VERGINI is almost-certain to pen a two-year deal at Sunderland, if the Black Cats remain in the Premier League.
Vergini is on a season-long loan at the Stadium of Light from Costa Rican outfit Sport Uruguay de Coronado, yet that stint looks increasingly likely to become a permanent stay for the Argentine defender.
I feel very comfortable here, both at the club and outside the club, so I would be very keen to staySantiago Vergini
There is a clause in the loan deal for Vergini to automatically sign a two-year contract, if certain criteria are met.
The main one is that Sunderland retain their top-flight status, but there is another relating to appearances – one that Vergini has already met after starting 27 of the club’s 31 Premier League games so far this season.
Vergini, himself, is eager to extend his stay at the Stadium of Light and believes he has acclimatised to the Premier League, having first arrived on Wearside in January 2014.
“In the contract, it is written that if we stay in the Premier League I can stay here for another two years,” he said.
“I feel very comfortable here, both at the club and outside the club, so I would be very keen to stay.
“The only downside is the climate and the weather, but even that has been good for the last few days!
“It has been very good to play regularly (this season) and I am very happy.
“I think with time I have been able to adapt more to the style of play and also to my team-mates.
“Apart from the struggles we are going through in the league, I have felt very comfortable.”
Vergini has been shuffled between right-back and centre-half this season, but now looks set to remain in the latter position alongside John O’Shea, with Wes Brown potentially missing the rest of the campaign through injury.
O’Shea and Vergini limited Newcastle to just one clear-cut chance in last weekend’s Wear-Tyne derby, as Sunderland extended the gap with the relegation zone to three points.
And Vergini says the Black Cats must show the same will-to-win against Crystal Palace this Saturday, as they aim for back-to-back league victories for the first time this season.
“The weekend’s game was perfect, but we must forget about that, put it out of our minds and look forward,” added the 26-year-old.
“We have a very tough, difficult game coming up so we must work very hard to try to achieve a good result.
“If we do that, we will put ourselves in a strong position looking towards the future.
“Every win brings with it a lot of confidence and with a derby game that is even more the case.
“In our next game, we need to show the same character and the same spirit as we did on Sunday.”