Celustka hopes season-long sting at Sunderland will earn move from Trabzonspor

Ondrej Celustka
Ondrej Celustka

ONDREJ Celustka hopes his season-long stint at Sunderland will see him earn a move away from Turkish side Trabzonspor this summer.

Full-back Celustka made 20 starts for Sunderland and earned an international debut for the Czech Republic after arriving on loan at the Stadium of Light last August.

There is no prospect of Sunderland making a permanent move for Celustka after he slipped down the pecking order under Gus Poyet – his last Premier League start coming in New Year’s Day’s defeat to Aston Villa.

But neither does the 24-year-old want to return to Trabzonspor, with the Turkish side reportedly equally eager to sell Celustka, as they look to remove their overseas players from the wage bill.

“After my experience in England and playing in the Premier League, to go back to Trabzonspor now would be a backwards step,” Celustka told the Czech press.

“Going there three years ago was very different.

“Therefore, I either want to stay in England or go to Germany.”

Meanwhile, Exeter City teenager Matt Grimes has shrugged off talk of interest from a host of clubs, including Liverpool and Sunderland.

The Black Cats have scouted the 18-year-old midfielder, who made 37 appearances during his maiden campaign as a first-team regular for the Grecians in League Two.

“It is pleasing that my performances are getting noticed, but it is all just rumours,” said Grimes.

“I have just got to focus on next season at Exeter because I have not heard anything. Nothing has been said to me directly.

“I want to play as high as I can and I’m not going to turn down opportunities to play for England or play for a higher club if it is right, but at the moment I just need to focus on doing what is right in my head and that is staying at Exeter City.”