Sunderland loanee is open to summer return to the Stadium of Light

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DeAndre Yedlin would be open to returning to Sunderland this summer after a successful end to his season-long loan move from Spurs.

Spurs defender Yedlin played a key role in Sunderland’s successful escape from the drop after improving dramatically during the final four months of the season to hold down the right-back spot.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is due to hold talks over the futures of loanees Yann M’Vila, Dame N’Doye and Yedlin this week over potentially remaining at the Stadium of Light, with talk over a £2m move for the latter.

And Yedlin - currently with the USA squad ahead of the Copa America - admits he would consider a second tint at Sunderland if it becomes a possibility.

“It’s definitely a door I would not close. I would not mind going back. I had a great time there,” he said.

“I’m keeping all doors open, I don’t want to shut any right now. Any opportunity that is offered to me is a big opportunity.

“I’ll just keep my head down and perform at Copa America. Obviously if I can have a good tournament here it’ll impress a lot more people.”

Yedlin was in and out of the starting XI after arriving from Spurs on summer transfer deadline day, but lost his place when Allardyce hauled him off just 20 minutes into a defeat by Watford following a change of formation.

But Yedlin improved the defensive aspect of his game in the second half of the season and became a far more reliable performer.

“If you get taken off after 20 minutes it’s a big blow to you. From that point I lost confidence a little bit,” he added to Goal.com.

“It’s embarrassing, kind of humiliating a little bit, and for the next three weeks it was a period of feeling sorry for myself, that sort of thing, pouting about it.

“That’s when I said ‘Alright, you’ve got to do something about it. Nobody’s going to help you improve except yourself. If you don’t want it then nobody’s going to want it for you’.

“Mentally I was a lot stronger. I also really tried to focus on my defensive game and learn as much as I could from who was playing on the field at the time.”