Cabral set for Sunderland return

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FORGOTTEN man Cabral will return to Sunderland for pre-season training before deciding on his future.

Cabral was one of the biggest flops among Sunderland’s spending spree last summer after making just two first-team appearances following his Bosman arrival from Swiss side Basel, before being sent out on loan to Italian outfit Genoa in the January transfer window.

Genoa are unlikely to take up the option to convert the loan into a permanent deal after the midfielder has started just four games in Serie A.

But Sunderland are eager to offload Cabral this summer, as they are Modibo Diakite, Alfred N’Diaye and Danny Graham, who all ended the campaign out on loan.

The quartet are on hefty wages and the Black Cats will have far more room to manoeuvre within the restrictions of Financial Fair Play if they are able to remove them from the books.

But with no imminent exit on the horizon for Cabral, the 25-year-old expects to return to Wearside for the start of pre-season in early July.

“I don’t know whether Genoa will take up the option on his loan, but I don’t think so,” his agent, Walter Fernandez, told the Echo.

“I would be surprised, although I’ve not heard anything from them.

“He has two years more on his contract at Sunderland.

“It’s normal that he will go back to Sunderland for the start of pre-season.

“We haven’t spoken to Sunderland for several weeks, but he must go back. In reality, he is their player. He will do pre-season training with Sunderland and then we’ll take it from there.”

Cabral rejected the chance to remain with Swiss champions Basel last summer to fulfil his objective of playing in the Premier League.

Yet that dream turned into a nightmare after he was immediately dropped by Paolo Di Canio, despite a promising opening day debut against Fulham, and then failed to appear at all under Gus Poyet.

Fernandez expects plenty of suitors for the former Swiss Under-21 international, albeit he does not believe there is anything imminent in terms of an approach to Sunderland.

“I am sure there is a lot of interest from elsewhere,” he added. “He only played three or four games for Genoa, but he did well in them.

“For Cabral, his dream is to play in England. It was always his first-choice (last summer) but his first six months at Sunderland were obviously very, very disappointing.”