Seb Larsson discusses Sunderland future with contract expiring in summer

Larsson's contract expired in the summer
Larsson's contract expired in the summer
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Seb Larsson has told Swedish media that there will be no discussion of his contract situation until Sunderland's season is over.

The 31-year-old has said all focus will be on trying to lift the Black Cats out of the relegation zone.

Larsson is currently on international duty, Sweden facing Belarus on Saturday and then European Champions Portugal next Tuesday.

He has insisted he is 'relaxed' about his club situation.

He is quoted as saying: "My situation is very relaxed. My contract expires in the summer. That's about where we are.

"What happens in the summer, we get to later.

" [Relegation fight] It is not a new situation for us. All the focus is on Sunderland and help the club."

The Swede's future has been a source of much speculation this season, linked in January with a move to continental Europe. He has also been linked with a return to Sweden but quizzed on that the midfielder insisted that all focus is on Sunderland, and said there had been no contact in the past from other clubs.

Larsson has made 18 appearances across all competitions this season after returning from injury, David Moyes using his regularly amid a spate of injuries in midfield, as well as African Cup of Nations call-ups.

Larsson is one of a number of Sunderland players whose contract expires in the summer, as well as John O'Shea, Victor Anichebe, Steven Piennar and Jan Kirchhoff.

Joleon Lescott signed on a short-term deal in January, which will also expire this summer.

Larsson's comments echo that of his manager, who insisted earlier this season that no contract decisions would be made until Sunderland's future was clear.

He said: "There have been no thoughts about new contracts even flickering in my head,

"We’ll wait until the end of the season - there wouldn’t be any point in us doing anything now, I don’t care who it is.

“I’m not interested until the end of the season, or certainly until we see what our league status is going to be.

“I’m trying to rebuild the club and do the right things, and I’m only going to do it when I think we’ve got the right things in place.

“I don’t want to get caught doing things at the wrong time."