Simon Mignolet has revealed that he’s aware of transfer speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United, and admits it’s ‘nice’ to be mentioned alongside such a club.
RTBF reported at the end of last week that the Belgian international keeper is being courted by last season’s Premier League runners-up, and that the Red Devils want the 24-year-old as competition for current No.1 David de Gea.
Whilst Mignolet has heard nothing concrete over the possibility of a transfer, he was happy to admit that it’s a complement to be on the Manchester United radar.
However, he was also quick to assure Sunderland fans that his commitment currently lies at the Stadium of Light.
"I have read the information (about Manchester United) on the internet. I do not know," he told Belgian paper Nieuwsbald, according to RTBF.
“This is obviously very nice to be linked with such a big city team. But for now, I feel good in Sunderland."
Agent Guy Vandersmissen was quick to back-up the comments of the keeper, and revealed that negotiations over a new contract are also underway with the Black Cats.
"There is currently negotiating an extension with Sunderland. We'll see if we reached an agreement," he told RTBF during a TV show.
“Several journalists and coaches say he is now at the same level as Joe Hart.”
Mignolet moved to north east in 2010 after five years at Sint-Truiden, and has made the Sunderland goalkeeper spot his own after initial rivalries with Craig Gordon and Keiren Westwood.
Martin O'Neill won't want to let his first choice stopper leave for Old Trafford either, but Sir Alex Ferguson would hope the lure of Manchester United could be enough if he does decide to make a move for the player.