Seb Larsson looks a good bet to stay at Sunderland but Jack Colback’s days look numbered


SEB Larsson might prove to be the only one of eight out-of-contract Sunderland players who re-signs for the club.

Of the eight players whose deals will expire next month, Phil Bardsley, Carlos Cuellar, Craig Gardner, Keiren Westwood, Oscar Ustari and Andrea Dossena have already moved on.

That leaves just Larsson and Jack Colback with potential Sunderland futures still to resolve.

Colback’s situation is complicated, with the club having made him a vastly improved offer compared to the derisory rise that director of football Roberto De Fanti put on the table last summer.

And Sunderland’s original poor handling of Colback’s case has seen his contract wind down and more than a dozen clubs express an interest in what the 24-year-old midfielder does next.

Newly-married Colback plans to spend some time away before deciding what to do next but there have been suggestions that the chances of him staying on Wearside are slim.

Far more likely at this point is that Sunderland will be able to hang on to Larsson who has revealed that he is considering remaining on Wearside.

Initial talks with the club have been productive but Larsson wants to be more involved as a winger – the position he has always felt is his strongest – rather than as a central midfielder.

And he wants to make sure he has a firm part in the club’s future plans as someone in and around the starting 11, rather than as a general squad player.

Several Premier League clubs have shown an interest in the Swedish international but the 28-year-old says he has been happy on Wearside and never saw the end of his contract as a chance to leave the North East.

“I’ve never closed the door,” he said. “It depends on what the conversations provide, what the club want and I want.

“We’ve had a turbulent two years, but purely socially and in terms of football it has been a good place to be, even though it’s been up and down.

“But that does not mean I have signed for them.”

Although German side Borussia Monchengladbach have reportedly shown an interest, Larsson plans to stay in English football – be it at Sunderland or elsewhere.

He said: “I have been in England a long time and I feel incredibly good here. We thrive socially and in terms of football, I will say it again – overall, it is the best and most exciting league in the world, I think.

“Thinking about leaving if there is a chance to stay would be pretty difficult.

“But I’m still open.

“We look at the options available and will pick out the one that feels best.”