ON-LOAN Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates insists he wants to remain in the Premier League when his Sunderland loan spell expires.
Coates has made just four Premier League appearances for Sunderland since arriving on a season-long loan last summer, with the Uruguayan international almost certain to return to Anfield at the end of the campaign.
But my goal is to stay in England because it is the best football in the world. It’s a very competitive leagueSebastian Coates
Gus Poyet’s dismissal as Sunderland boss only increases the probability of Coates’ departure after the former head coach was pivotal in bringing the 24-year-old to the Stadium of Light at the end of the summer transfer window.
Sporting director Lee Congerton had proposed a loan deal for Manchester City’s Micah Richards, yet Poyet preferred his fellow Uruguayan, who he recommended to Liverpool prior to his £7million switch to Merseyside in 2011.
With Sunderland preparing for a defensive overhaul at the end of the campaign, Coates is expected to return to his parent club, where he has started just six top flight games since his big money move.
But the centre-half, an unused substitute for Uruguay’s friendly win over Morocco last weekend, is keen to continue plying his trade in the Premier League.
“During my time in England, I’ve not had as many matches as I wanted,” he told the media in his homeland.
“When the year loan is over, I will talk about what to do next.
“But my goal is to stay in England because it is the best football in the world. It’s a very competitive league.”
Coates was one of five South Americans that Poyet brought to the Stadium of Light during his 17-month reign, along with Argentine quartet Santiago Vergini, Ricky Alvarez, Nacho Scocco and Oscar Ustari.
Only Vergini among that group has made the grade as a regular for the Black Cats, with the defender – like Coates – only at the Stadium of Light on loan currently, albeit there is an option to convert it into a permanent switch.
But despite Poyet’s influence in signing Coates, the Liverpool man is philosophical enough to realise the ex-Brighton manager’s sacking was down to results, with Sunderland heading into this weekend’s Wear-Tyne derby boasting just four league wins all season.
“It was difficult (Poyet’s sacking) mostly because the team is not in a very good moment, we are at the bottom of the league and fighting relegation,” added Coates.
“It’s a pretty difficult time and Gus is gone now. There have been many games where we deserved something more, but sometimes results don’t go for you and that’s what decides the future of the coaches.
“In football, these things happen.
“Gus had an excellent season last year because the club was so many points adrift of others, but he managed to achieve something very difficult in beating the best teams.
“The club also reached a cup final after a long time too.
“But, as I said, that’s football.”