I don’t regret joining Sunderland, claims international winger

Charis Mavrias for Sunderland Under-21s against Manchester United
Charis Mavrias for Sunderland Under-21s against Manchester United
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Charis Mavrias insists he doesn’t regret joining Sunderland, despite starting just TWO games in a red and white shirt.

Mavrias is in a state of limbo at the Stadium of Light after the Greek international wasn’t even handed a squad number at the start of the season.

I took the decision to leave Panathinaikos and go to Sunderland, and I think anyone in my position would take this decision

Charis Mavrias

The 21-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at boyhood club Panathinaikos, before seeing hopes of a permanent move fall through in the summer.

Mavrias returned to Sunderland where he has been training and playing for the Black Cats Under-21s – and is understood to have impressed the club’s coaching staff with his attitude and contribution.

But Mavrias has not come close to being included in the first-team squad, amidst fresh interest from his homeland over a move in the January transfer window.

However, Mavrias – who arrived at the Stadium of Light in a £2million deal in the summer of 2013 – is not bitter over seeing his career stall on Wearside.

“I took the decision to leave Panathinaikos and go to Sunderland, and I think anyone in my position would take this decision,” he told the Greek press.

“Panathinaikos were happy with the deal and the then coach (Paolo) Di Canio said he would give me opportunities.

“But in England, things can change quickly with the coaches and the players.

“Maybe, I could have managed some things better too.

“But each coach has his own philosophy and his own plan, and the players keep changing.”

Sunderland are thought to have held talks with one Greek club over a January move after Panathinaikos ultimately decided against pursuing their interest in Mavrias during the summer.

But with another 18 months remaining on his contract, Mavrias insists he is still open to staying at Sunderland, if Sam Allardyce sees him as part of his plans.

“There were some issues with Panathinaikos (in the summer) and I couldn’t find a solution with Sunderland,” added Mavrias, who scored for Greece Under-21s last week.

“I have a contract until the summer of 2017, but I don’t know what will happen.

“Mr Allardyce has come in and soon I will talk with him to see what his thoughts are.

“If he wants me to, I would have no problem with staying.”