FABIO Borini admits he does not know where he will be playing his football next season.
But he IS certain that his loan spell at Sunderland has been a success.
And as he heads towards an uncertain summer the on-loan Liverpool forward says he wants to finish the campaign with a flourish and be remembered as part of the squad which took the club to a Wembley final and kept it in the Premier League after all seemed lost in the opening few months of the season.
“To be honest, if you ask me what my future is, I don’t really think about it,” said the 22-year-old. “Every day I could give you a different answer.
“It would be hard to leave Sunderland, but it has been a great experience for me here.
“I love the place and the fans, and they love me back.
“But, of course, we are talking about business and contracts and everything.
“It is not my decision, but, at the end of the season, a decision will be taken.”
The Italian joined Sunderland on season-long loan on the last day of the summer transfer window – almost, it appeared, as an afterthought after an indifferent season at Anfield.
It took him a while to break into the side, but Borini made himself a hero with goals in both of Sunderland’s derby victories over Newcastle this season.
And he cemented his place in Wearside folklore by becoming the first Sunderland player to score in a major cup final since Ian Porterfield in 1973, when he opened the scoring in this month’s Capital One Cup final against Manchester City.
If Sunderland stay up this season, head coach Gus Poyet would love to keep the Italian forward on Wearside.
But Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is a big admirer of the young Italian and, when he was appointed boss at Anfield, made Borini – a £10.5million buy from Roma – his first signing.
Borini could move to Sunderland next season on a permanent basis, or another
loan, he could stay and fight for his place at Liverpool or even make a possible return to Serie A.
For the moment though, he is enjoying regular first-team football at Sunderland and focusing on helping Sunderland stay up.
While the former Chelsea and Swansea man has no idea about his future destination, he knows that playing for the Black Cats is putting him in the shop window.
He said; “It’s a big race to stay up, and it is something you want to have on your CV – to have fought to stay in the Premier League and proved that you can do it.
“That will open lots of doors for the summer.
“And I will just wait and see what happens.”