Sunderland’s on-loan Arsenal man Bendtner to decide future in summer

Nicklas Bendtner
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NICKLAS Bendtner has pledged to wait until the conclusion of the summer’s European Championships before deciding his long-term future.

Bendtner’s return of four goals in five Premier League outings has raised the issue of Sunderland making a bid to land the on-loan Arsenal man on a permanent basis.

The Gunners are believed to be willing to offload the 24-year-old for as little as £2.5million, although there remain significant financial barriers to the Black Cats should Martin O’Neill opt to make a move for the striker.

Bendtner has two years remaining on a contract worth around £60,000 per week, plus a lucrative bonus scheme which can take his weekly earnings up to £90,000.

Should Bendtner impress for Denmark in Euro 2012, then his price tag is likely to subsequently rise, too. But Bendtner insists he will not contemplate any future employers until his international commitments are complete in Ukraine and Poland.

Bendtner said: “I haven’t given it much thought. I really like the club and the manager has done really well since he came in here, but I haven’t given it any thought yet.

“I still have two years left with Arsenal, it isn’t just up to me.

“Ideally it would only be in my hands, but I’m just waiting to see in the summer. We’ve got the Euros, then, in the summer after the Euros, we will see where we are.”

Bendtner certainly appears to have discovered a new spark since scoring Sunderland’s goal in the Tyne-Wear derby last month.

Last week’s header at Manchester City took his Black Cats tally to seven, with only Stephane Sessegnon and Seb Larsson scoring more in red and white this season.

“I have had to adapt to a different style of playing – it isn’t just a fitness thing,” added Bendtner.

“There are loads of different reasons. I’m just happy that it’s going better. I have just taken each game at a time. If I’m in the right position and I’m not getting the ball, there’s not a lot I can do about it.

“People who know about football can see that – obviously people who don’t know football well, they will get upset.”