Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has urged Jack Colback to make a decision on whether he will stay at the club.
The versatile midfielder made 35 appearances for Di Canio's side last season, and was a fundamental element in the Black Cats' squad, helping the club avoid the dreaded drop to the second tier.
Colback has spent his entire career at Sunderland, albeit with two loan spells at Championship side Ipswich. The 23-year-old has one-year left on his current contract and is believed to be mulling over his options for the future.
Di Canio has acquired nine new signings in this summer's transfer window, which could consequently lead to limited first-team opportunities for Colback at the Stadium of Light.
New signing's Cabral, El-Hadji Ba and Emanuele Giaccherini will all add extra depth to Sunderland's midfield, meaning a first-team spot will be harder to obtain.
Di Canio is keen to resolve the 23-year-old's future as soon as possible, so the Italian has time to bring in an adequate replacement if needs be.
"I've already spoken to him twice and he's done very well," Di Canio told Sky Sports. "He is a genuine guy with a fantastic attitude. Also he's got quality too.
"He has to make clear what he wants to do in the future because if one player has it in his brain to leave, it is difficult."
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