SEB LARSSON says his contract situation has to be put on the back-burner while Sunderland remain rooted to the Premier League’s basement.
Larsson is one of nine Sunderland players who are about to enter the final six months of their Stadium of Light deals, with the Swedish international able to speak with clubs on the Continent from next month.
Sunderland are yet to make an approach to Larsson’s camp over renewing the three-year contract he penned when he arrived on a Bosman deal in the summer of 2011.
But the 28-year-old, who has been a first-team regular under all four managers he has served at Sunderland, insists the uncertainty over his future is not a distraction.
Larsson, who has made 96 appearances for the Black Cats, understands Sunderland have to be cautious over any new contracts, with the club propping up the table – at least five points adrift of all the teams above them.
He told the Echo: “At the moment, we’re just worrying about the football. Nothing’s really been said and you’ve just got to get on with it.
“There’s no problems from me because we haven’t really spoken.
“It’s about getting the team to where it should be and making sure the club is in the Premier League for next year.
“This is a big club and then things will take care of themselves after that.But now is not the right time to be talking about it. I don’t want to put any pressure on the club.”
Larsson has endured an eventful spell on Wearside since arriving from relegated Birmingham City.
His first season at the Stadium of Light saw Martin O’Neill rescue Sunderland from the drop, before an even closer brush with relegation last time around.
But despite Sunderland facing an uphill task to avoid plummeting into the Championship this season, Larsson has hinted that he would be keen to pen a new deal with the Wearsiders.
“I’ve loved my time here,” he added. “We’ve obviously had our ups and downs.
“When the time is right, and they feel like they need to discuss people’s future, we’ll do it. Hopefully we’ll be a Premier League team and things sort themselves out.”