Mavrias future at Sunderland still uncertain

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THE LONG-TERM future of Charis Mavrias will be decided in the summer, with NO permanent clause thought to have been inserted in the Greek international’s loan exit.

Mavrias, along with midfielder Cabral, were the only members of the Sunderland first-team squad in or out of the Stadium of Light on transfer deadline day yesterday.

Winger Mavrias re-joined former club Panathinaikos on loan until the end of the season, while flop midfielder Cabral was released from his Sunderland contract.

As the Echo reported over the weekend, Mavrias had opted to re-join Panathinaikos – who sold him to Sunderland for £2million 18 months ago – despite being watched by scouts from Celtic, along with three Championship clubs, last week.

Fellow Greek side PAOK had also made a loan bid for Mavrias - understood to have been a more lucrative offer in terms of wages – but the 20-year-old wanted to join Panathinaikos.

However, it is understood that Mavrias’ move is a straightforward loan, with no clause agreed to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.

Panathinaikos are operating on a limited budget and there were serious doubts over whether they could even afford Mavrias’ wages during their pursuit over recent months, let alone a permanent fee.

Sources in Greece have indicated that Panathinaikos are likely to attempt to sign Mavrias on a season-long loan next summer, which would take him through to the end of his Sunderland contract.

Mavrias needs to play regular first-team football though after just four first-team appearances for Sunderland.

Despite impressing during pre-season, Mavrias still hasn’t played a Premier League game under Poyet, and Sunderland are likely to listen to any suitable offers in the summer.

Meanwhile, Sunderland agreed to mutually terminate the remaining 18 months of Cabral’s contract last night.

The Black Cats have desperately been trying to shift Cabral for more than a year after it swiftly became clear that the former Basel man was not up to Premier League standard.

But after being unable to move Cabral on for the second transfer window in a row, both Sunderland and the player decided to part company.

Cabral was signed on a three-year deal by former director of football Roberto De Fanti in the summer of 2013.

But after making two appearances at the start of that season under Paolo Di Canio, Cabral never featured for the first-team again.

Cabral went on loan to Italian side Genoa last January, but didn’t do enough to earn a permanent switch and returned to Sunderland, where he has been an unused substitute on two occasions this season.