Sunderland midfielder Yann M’Vila will leave transfer talks to his agent

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Yann M’Vila will leave the negotiations over his future to his agent, while he concentrates on getting his career back on track.

Despite conceding a costly penalty in Sunderland’s defeat against Southampton 10 days ago, M’Vila has been the pick of the Black Cats’ summer signings after arriving on a season-long loan from Ruben Kazan.

I’ll concentrate on trying to help us win matches, and leave the discussions to my agent

Yann M’Vila

Boss Sam Allardyce labelled M’Vila as “one of our best players” last week and the issue of the Frenchman’s future has already been a source of discussion among supporters, despite Sunderland’s plight in the relegation battle.

There is a clause inserted in M’Vila’s loan deal to convert it into a permanent switch next summer, if Sunderland are still in the Premier League.

However, Sunderland are currently only paying a percentage of M’Vila’s lucrative deal with Kazan, while he has previously been on the radar of Premier League heavyweights Liverpool and Arsenal.

M’Vila is simply concentrating on restarting what had been a stuttering career though after making just three Serie A appearances during an ill-feted loan spell at Inter Milan last season.

He told the Echo: “No, I’m not thinking about the future.

“I really don’t know what will happen next summer.

“For me the most important thing was to play football and above all, help Sunderland as much as possible to a better position.

“Sunderland can help me reach another level too in the Premier League, so it was a win-win.

“I’ll concentrate on trying to help us win matches, and leave the discussions to my agent.”

The rush of blood which saw M’Vila concede a second half spot-kick against Southampton was uncharacteristic of the 25-year-old’s Sunderland career so far.

Despite the struggles of those around him, plus his lack of competitive football last season, M’Vila has immediately adapted to the Premier League.

The midfielder believes that has been down to English football suiting his blend of aggression and passing precision.

“I’ve been working enormously hard to produce the maximum I can in every match,” said M’Vila, who paid tribute to the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks on social media over the weekend.

“Individually it’s been good, but the most important thing is the team.

“The Premier League is not easy at all, but I think that I’ve been able to adapt to English football more quickly than other leagues because it suits my game.

“I like to play, but I also find that I can use my aggression here.

“It’s the type of football which I like, and the supporters here as well.”