JOHN O’SHEA insists he is “more than happy” to continue his career at Sunderland after surprise speculation linking him with Tottenham.
Reports last week suggested Spurs were preparing a £3million offer for O’Shea, who has only a year remaining on his Sunderland contract.
The Sunderland skipper admits he was baffled himself by the talk, but is in no rush to leave the Stadium of Light.
“It was news to myself,” O’Shea told the Irish press today.
“That’s the way it goes at this time of the year, there is lots of stuff rumoured about players coming and going.
“It’s just one of those things. It’s just total speculation.
“I’m in the game long enough to know that and I’m more than happy with Sunderland.”
O’Shea started 42 times for Sunderland last season and despite turning 33, he is not looking for next year to be the last of his career.
But the former Manchester United man insists he will not be putting any pressure on Sunderland to offer a new contract after three years on Wearside.
“I definitely want to play on beyond next season,” added the Republic of Ireland international.
“I played around 50 games last season and I‘m fit and well, and long may that continue.
“I’m already looking forward to next season after what was a roller-coaster end to last year.
“But as for my future, that will be down to Sunderland.
“I’ve never forced the issue throughout my career and I’m not about to start now.
“Look, it was great getting to the League Cup final and that was definitely an ambition when I joined Sunderland, to get to a cup final and obviously to win one.
“It would have been special had we held on that day but unfortunately that brilliant Yaya Toure goal put City back in it before Samir Nasri won it.”