Keeper: ‘I am happy at Sunderland - a club I’m proud to represent.’
Simon Mignolet has reacted strongly to speculation that he is set to leave the club.
Quotes from the goalkeeper’s representative have appeared across the football media, but the goalkeeper has been quick to address the matter with Sunderland fans.
Of course, my ambition is to regain the number one spot with my national team, but I feel I can do that with Sunderland
- Simon Mignolet
Mignolet told safc.com he is happy at the Stadium of Light and describes himself as “proud to represent” the club, for whom he has made almost 100 appearances.
And, crucially, he feels that he can achieve his aim of re-taking the number one spot for his country, Belgium, as a member of the Black Cats.
Mignolet said: “I felt I wanted to communicate with the club’s fans following the media reaction to comments made by my representative, which I feel were taken out of context and not a true reflection.
“Of course, my ambition is to regain the number one spot with my national team, but I feel I can do that with Sunderland.
“I was playing as Belgium’s number one a year ago and hopefully that can be the case in the future.
“I am happy at Sunderland – a club I am proud to represent. I will continue focusing on my football, starting with Saturday’s game against Fulham.”
Mignolet was named the North East Football Writers’ player of the year last weekend to universal acclaim.
And the level-headed stopper isn’t about to rest on his laurels having been a revelation since moving from Sint-Truiden in summer 2010.
“Winning the award last weekend was an honour,” he explained.
“However, I know I have to keep working hard at my game and I fully intend to do so.”