ALFRED N’DIAYE insists he is in the dark over his future with his temporary and permanent employers both propping up the league table.
N’Diaye is expected to leave Sunderland this summer, regardless of whether the Black Cats remain in the Premier League or not.
The Echo understands that Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet is not keen on handing N’Diaye a second opportunity at the Stadium of Light after tellingly opting against recalling the 24-year-old from his loan spell at Turkish side Eskisehirspor in January.
N’Diaye himself, is reluctant to drop down into the Championship too if Sunderland are relegated, after the Black Cats sanctioned his loan departure last summer just six months after he penned a three-and-a-half-year deal at the Stadium of Light.
Spanish side Real Betis, who took over N’Diaye’s loan deal from Eskisehirspor at the turn of the year, are keen to sign the Senegalese international permanently and would be willing to recompense the bulk of the £3.7million which then manager Martin O’Neill shelled out in January 2013.
But Betis’ bid for top flight survival is far more perilous than Sunderland’s, with the La Liga outfit eight points adrift at the bottom of the Spanish league.
While N’Diaye hints that he would be prepared to stay at Betis if they were relegated, there has also been talk in Spain about interest from fifth placed Sevilla.
But N’Diaye stresses that there has been no word from Sunderland on his next step and he will have to wait until the summer before his future is resolved.
“I really do not know if I will stay, it’s something you have to talk to the clubs about because I have not heard anything,” he told the Spanish press.
“I belong to Sunderland and those teams have to reach an agreement first because my contract is there.
“I do not know what will happen next year, if I will continue in England or Spain.
“I’m comfortable here at the club (Betis) in the city.
“I like what I found here but I do not know what will happen in the future.
“Betis will remain a great club even in the second division. Going down can be a step backwards, but not as much at Betis.
“But first the clubs have to talk.”
N’Diaye was a surprise departure from the Stadium of Light last summer after showing signs of improvement during the end of the 2012-13 campaign, following his arrival from Turkish side Bursaspor.
But while then boss Paolo Di Canio wasn’t convinced by N’Diaye, the tough-tackling midfielder has settled into life in Spain after earning positive reviews since joining Betis.
He added: “I think this time in Spain has been good to me, people now know how I play and how I can contribute on the field.
“I could stay in Spain, it’s a possibility because it is one of the best leagues in the world.
“I like the style and I have proved that I can play here.
“But with respect to Betis, I belong to Sunderland. They will be the first to speak and then we will see.”