Duncan Watmore has confirmed that he wants to pen a new contract at Sunderland.
Watmore has enjoyed a spectacular rise over recent weeks, with the 21-year-old producing a man-of-the-match display for England Under-21s on Monday, despite being limited to a 15-minute run-out from the bench.
The Echo revealed last week how Watmore was keen to agree fresh terms at the Stadium of Light, with his current deal due to expire next summer.
Watmore's camp have been keen to get assurances over his place in Sunderland's first-team squad, along with seeing a financial package which represents his inclusion in the England U21 squad.
Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is equally keen to tie down the forward after handing him his first Premier League start against Southampton 10 days ago.
And Watmore has now publicly confirmed his intention to remain on Wearside after being genuinely humbled by the reception he has received from Sunderland fans.
"I’m trying to push to play as much as possible," said Watmore.
"The new manager has been great with me since he came in. He’s given me opportunities.
"If he gives me anymore I just have to make sure I take them and kick on. I need to try to ensure I play as much as I can.
"Do I want to stay at Sunderland? Yes I do. It’s a great club.
"Playing for England Under 21s will hopefully even more to do that. I have played for first team and the Under 21s at Sunderland and now the U21s with England.
"It’s been a great year so far.'"