Steed Malbranque insists that despite not receiving a contract extension at Sunderland yet, he is committed to staying with the Black Cats for the long-term.
Malbranque joined Sunderland in 2008 from Tottenham, and has established himself as a key member of Steve Bruce's side.
And, after making 35 appearances last season for Sunderland, Malbranque believes he can continue to be in the mix for a midfield or forward position, amongst newcomers Ji Dong- Won and Connor Wickham, as well as Asamoah Gyan and Stéphane Sessegnon.
“I am very happy at Sunderland – I do not want to leave this club,” he told The Journal. “I want to stay and fight for my place, I have no interest in leaving and I would like to stay longer if possible.”
Sunderland have made an amazing TEN signings within the first six weeks of the summer, making the club the most active in the transfer window so far. And Malbranque believes that this shows the side’s intention to keep moving forward and setting new and higher challenges in the Barclays Premier League.
“The club has moved forward in every year that I have been here and we have done it again,” he said. “With the new players that we have at the club we can target European football next year.
“The club keeps progressing every year and I like that – I want to be part of it and I want to be part of Sunderland’s future. I want to be part of the squad, I have never asked to leave and I won’t.”
Sunderland have been undertaking a pre-season tour of Germany, with the club drawing 1-1 with Arminia Bielefeld last Sunday, and losing to Hannover 3-1 last Wednesday. The side will take on Borussia Mpenchengladbach tomorrow.