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Arsenal target Simon Mignolet could leave Sunderland

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Arsenal transfer target Simon Mignolet could quit Sunderland in order to further his international ambitions, his agent has said.

Black Cats goalkeeper Mignolet has been in sparkling form in the Premier League this season and his agent, Guy Vandermissen, has hinted he may be forced to leave the north-east club in order to challenge for the Belgian no.1 jersey.

Mignolet has been second choice for Belgium behind Chelsea starlet Thibaut Courtois, who is currently shining in La Liga with Atletico Madrid. 

Vandermissen told Belgian TV: "Our ambition is for Simon to play somewhere that he can engage in competition with Thibaut Courtois for the place in goal for Belgium."

He added: "Courtois is fortunate that he is playing for a team that has been doing well lately."

The Daily Star reports that Mignolet would jump at an opportunity to play Champions League football, with Arsenal and Manchester United the most likely destinations.

24-year-old Mignolet has been excellent for Martin O'Neill's Sunderland this season and he recently pipped Newcastle United duo Hatem Ben Arfa and Tim Krul to win the 2012 North East Football Writers' Association's player of the year award.

However, he has been unable to dislodge Courtois as Belgium's first-choice 'keeper for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. Courtois has been impressive himself, having kept 21 clean sheets in all competitions this season.

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