Djibril Cisse's future will be thrashed out the day Sunderland secure their Barclays Premier League status.
Manager Ricky Sbragia has promised the 27-year-old Frenchman, who is currently on a season-long loan deal at the Stadium of Light from Marseille, that his situation will be resolved swiftly once the Black Cats know where they will be playing their football next season.
Sbragia said: "(Chairman) Niall [Quinn] has spoken to Djibril and I have spoken to him about it, and the day everything is safe and rosy will be the day we will sit down and talk to him."
He added: "That has always been the case with all the players at the club, and we just hope we can focus on doing well for Sunderland and putting all our energy into that, and leaving that for another day.
"We have spoken to him umpteen times about it. My priority is to make sure Sunderland go up the table and stay in the Premier League.
"That's important and I would hope all the players would be focused that way."
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