Bardsley wants to stay at Sunderland - Agent

15 June 2010 11:48
Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley will fight for a place in Steve Bruce's starting XI, according to the player's agent.[LNB] Bardsley has been subject to transfer speculation after the right-back said last season he would consider a move away from the Stadium of Light should he fail to play regular first-team football at the club.[LNB]The expected arrival of Estudiantes star Marcos Angeleri has only heightened talk that the ex-Manchester United man could leave the Black Cats, however his representative has suggested otherwise.[LNB]Agent Des Wroe said the 24-year-old was aware he faced competition for his place in Bruce's side but not had no intention of moving.[LNB]But he did reveal that should any bid be accepted by Sunderland, then Bardsley may consider leaving, although a move would not be his preferred option.[LNB]Wroe told The Journal: "Of course Phil wants to play first-team football which is no different from any other player. [LNB]"But Phil will happily go back to Sunderland in pre-season and fight it out with any new signings that Steve Bruce decides to make in his position.[LNB]"Phil loves being at Sunderland - he loves the club and I don't think he would want to move in an ideal world.[LNB]"It's a good club and he's certainly not got a problem with anyone there. He's a positive lad and he'll go in and have confidence that he can prove his worth to the manager.[LNB]"I think if someone comes in for him and Sunderland accept a bid then obviously that may change, but Phil will happily be back at the club over the summer."

Source: Team_Talk