Sunderland’s Mignolet rubbishes exit talk

Simon Mignolet
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SIMON MIGNOLET has quashed talk that he wants to leave Sunderland to boost his international ambitions.

The goalkeeper’s agent Guy Vandermissen has suggested in the Belgian media that the 24-year-old may have to consider his future on Wearside after losing his spot in the national team.

Chelsea’s Thibault Courtois, currently on loan at Athletico Madrid, has been preferred to Mignolet throughout Belgium’s World Cup qualifying campaign.

But Mignolet today insisted he has no plans to depart the Stadium of Light and believes he can regain the national jersey with Sunderland.

“I felt I wanted to communicate with the club’s fans following the media reaction to comments made by my representative, which I feel were taken out of context and not a true reflection,” Mignolet told the club’s website.

“Of course, my ambition is to regain the number one spot with my national team, but I feel I can do that with Sunderland.

“I was playing as Belgium’s number one a year ago and hopefully that can be the case in the future.

“I am happy at Sunderland - a club I am proud to represent. I will continue focusing on my football, starting with Saturday’s game against Fulham.”