FABIO Borini wants to fight for his place at Liverpool, despite the arrival of target-man Rickie Lambert increasing competition at Anfield.
It has been suggested the signing of the Southampton and England forward will push the young Italian closer to the exit door at Anfield again with another loan deal or even a permanent move.
But the 23-year-old has not given up hope on being part of the Reds’ assault on the Premier and Champions League next season.
His agent, Marco De Marchi, said: “In this last season, Fabio gave a considerable contribution towards keeping Sunderland up.
“Does Lambert’s arrival close the door on Fabio Borini? No, I don’t think so. He was praised by everyone, especially by the Liverpool manager Rodgers.
“So, after his holidays he will go back to Liverpool to prepare for the new season wearing the shirt of this historic club.
“He wants to compete with everyone and be an extra resource for the coach and the team.
“Borini could be of use to any team, but no one has contacted us and his desire is to show what he’s got a lot to offer Liverpool.”
That stance will disappoint Sunderland fans who developed a massive attachment to the livewire young attacker – scorer of some iconic goals for the Black Cats, including the Capital One Cup final and both derbies.
Boss Gus Poyet will monitor the situation to see how things pan out this summer with Liverpool rumoured to be looking to bring in even more strike power.
Claims that the Black Cats were looking to sell Danny Graham and Nacho Scocco to fund a bid for Borini may have been overblown a little. But there’s no doubt that Poyet would love to have the striker at Sunderland next season and the Black Cats will be first in the queue if he becomes available on loan.
If he is offered for permanent sale then Sunderland will face competition from plenty of other clubs, both at home in the Premier League and abroad.
But Sunderland would hope to be a serious competitor for the Italian’s signature in any scenario this summer.