SIMON MIGNOLET is unlikely to pen a new contract at Sunderland, according to the goalkeeper’s agent.
Sunderland have been in talks since March over extending Mignolet’s deal at the Stadium of Light, in a bid to tie down the club’s prize asset, who still has another two years left to run on his Black Cats contract.
But those discussions have now stalled and Sunderland are potentially facing a huge dilemma after Mignolet’s representative, ex-Birmingham stopper Nico Vaesen, said that he doesn’t expect the Belgian to extend his stay at the club beyond 2015.
Mignolet has always professed his happiness at Sunderland and will make no attempt to orchestrate a move away from the Black Cats, while Paolo Di Canio has publicly stressed his determination for the keeper to remain in red and white.
The 24-year-old was also quick to rubbish talk in February that he was looking to join a bigger club to boost his international chances after comments from ex-Belgium international Guy Vandersmissen, who works for the same agency as Vaesen.
But Vaesen has always been Mignolet’s main representative and his comments will only fuel speculation surrounding the ex-St Truiden man’s future, with Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Napoli all circling.
When asked on the status of the contract talks, Vaesen told SportMail: “There is no progress. I think it is very unlikely that he will sign a new contract.
“Simon has obviously come to a point where he wants to step up a level and there is a lot of interest in him.
“He is very ambitious and wants to play in the World Cup in Brazil next year.
“It was a good thing that Sunderland stayed up and it is a fantastic club where he has had three great years.
“But it is maybe time to step up a level and play for a club competing for a European spot.”
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