Ricky Sbragia has warned the Barclays Premier League's big spenders that Sunderland does not exist to breed good players for them.
The Black Cats had to fight off Tottenham's concerted efforts to lure striker Kenwyne Jones from the Stadium of Light in January, eventually turning down an offer which amounted to nearly Â£15million. Sbragia was critical of Spurs' methods as they tried to prise Jones.
But ahead of Saturday's clash with Harry Redknapp's side, Sbragia said: "I wasn't happy how it was being dealt with, but it's forgotten now."
"In general, maybe previously, Sunderland would have probably sold Kenwyne, but we have changed it a little bit.
"We want to progress and the only way we are going to progress is by keeping our best players.
"Then we have got to get to that situation where we need to bring in better quality, spend some money and bring in better quality during the summer.
"I don't think we are here to produce players for other clubs in the Premier League.
"I could understand in a sense if it was a top-four club, I could understand that one. But we spoke to him and the good thing about Kenwyne was he didn't want to go.
"That was important for us. He seems settled here, his family is settled and he seems to love it."
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