LEE CATTERMOLE insists he will still be a Sunderland player when suitors Stoke City visit the Stadium of Light on Wednesday.
But the midfielder admits his long-term future is in Sunderland’s hands, with Gus Poyet keen to recruit fellow defensive midfielder Liam Bridcutt from former club Brighton.
Stoke have been interested in making a £5million move for Cattermole before this Friday’s transfer deadline, although the Black Cats are yet to receive a bid for the 25-year-old.
Potters boss Mark Hughes admitted last week that it would be difficult to lure Cattermole to the Britannia Stadium, with Sunderland heading to Wembley in the Capital One Cup final.
And Cattermole expects to still be a Sunderland player when the two clubs meet this week, although the Teessider says he cannot predict whether he will remain on Wearside after the end of the transfer window.
“I will be a Sunderland player on Wednesday,” said Cattermole.
“I’ve heard no different and the manager has come out and said he has heard no different.
“I am contracted to Sunderland. They make the decisions, not me.
“I’m contracted here for the rest of the season and another two years. It’s out of my hands.
“Until I know any different, I will keep working. I have a cup final to play in – if I’m here – and that would be brilliant.”