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Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has admitted that he does not want to be fighting another relegation battle next season.

The news coming out of the club means that a potential £6.5m move to Liverpool could well be on the cards for the Belgium goalkeeper.

Mignolet has earned a label as one of the best young goalkeepers in the Premier League after having two very impressive consecutive seasons.

It is reported that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers isn't confident about Pepe Reina's future and that is the main reason behind searching for a new 'keeper, with his attentions turning to Mignolet.

Sunderland are not wanting to sell the 24-year-old goalkeeper, but the shot-stopper himself has made it clear that he is an ambitious player and has admitted that he would like a move away from the relegation-threatened club.

As well as Liverpool, Arsenal are also very interested in the Sunderland goalkeeper, but it looks that the Anfield side are pushing ahead of the Gunners.

Whilst on international duty, Mignolet confirmed that he is an ambitious player and wants to test himself on a bigger scale.

He also revealed that he has no intentions of facing another relegation scrap.

"I am ambitious, and I read the press as you do," he replied. "It has been a difficult season with Sunderland. It’s not much fun to play bottom of the League, and I think Sunderland will know they have to change something to prevent another season like that.

"The manager [Paolo Di Canio] wants to change the team for the better. Let's hope he can do that next season.

"I am happy with my season. I played 38 matches. Few players can say they did that in a Premier League season. I also managed 11 clean sheets, which is not bad if you're playing at the bottom of the division. To do that, you have to be mentally strong, and I think it shows I have progressed a lot as a goalkeeper.

"Apart from the two club awards, I was voted north-east player of the year, and that is not a bad achievement, considering Newcastle were playing in European competition and had players like Demba Ba and Ben Arfa in their ranks. I have had a good season, so it's logical your name is linked with one or two teams.

"I have read about it, but I haven’t heard anything. I know there has been talk about Arsenal, but I haven’t heard anything or received a phone call from Arsene Wenger.

"I will stay calm and focused on the Belgium games, and after that, go on holiday with my girlfriend. We will see what happens."

 

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