Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has stated that he has left Jack Colback's future up to the player.

There has been growing speculation for some time now regarding the Sunderland defender and what his next move could be.

Di Canio is hoping that Colback, 23, decides to stay on Wearside and help his new look side into a top half finish.

Colback, who was born in Sunderland, has made a significant improvement under Di Canio and will be relishing the upcoming season. Colback has been loaned out twice to Championship side Ipswich in the seasons of 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 where he also made a great impression.

Di Canio told Sky Sports: "I've already spoken to him twice and he's done very well,"  

"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."

Di Canio clearly a fan of Colback knows it will be hard to find a replacement if the Sunderland born does decide to leave. There has not been much talk in terms of clubs interested in the defender however one club that could be keen is Hull City.

Former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is another manager that believes Colback has a lot of potential. And Bruce guided The Tigers to promotion last season after a final dramatic last day of the season.

Colback was part of the Sunderland team that travelled to Hong Kong where they saw off Tottenham Hotspur by three goals to one before losing to a single goal by Edin Dzeko which saw Manchester City triumph and take home the trophy.


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