Benji Kimpioka training with European side as uncertainty over his Sunderland future continues

Benji Kimpioka is back training with former side IK Sirius – according to reports in Sweden.

Wednesday, 15th July 2020, 7:30 am

But the Sunderland youngster has confirmed that he is not considering a return to his homeland as he continues to weigh-up his future.

Kimpioka was offered a new contract by the Black Cats last year, but is understood to be eyeing promises of first-team football before committing himself to the club.

The 20-year-old officially became a free agent on June 30 when his Sunderland contract expired, and is now training with Sirius ahead of the Allsvenskan game against AIK.

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Kimpioka had previously trained with the side just after the English season was suspended, before returning to Wearside as hopes of League One kicking-off once more mounted.

But with the League One season curtailed, he is back in Sweden – according to a tweet from Swedish publication UNT.

However, when quizzed by the same outlet as to whether a permanent return to Sweden was on the cards, Kimpioka said: “No. That's how I feel and I have big dreams and ambitions.”

Earlier this week, the young forward said he ‘wants to stay’ at the Stadium of Light – but is taking his time to assess his options.

Benji Kimpioka is back training with IK Sirius in Sweden

"Right now I'm waiting a bit, talking to my agent and family to see how we should do in the window that is coming,” he said.

“Sunderland is a club that I love and I like everyone there, all the coaches, players and staff in the club.

“We'll see. I want to stay there, but everything is in God's hands.”