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26 Feb 2013 17:37:02

Mignolet's Agent Opens  Can Of Worms!

Simon Mignolet's agent has spoken out in Belgium this week, linking the goalkeeper with a move away from Wearside.

Sport Wereld quote Mignolet's representative as saying "The ambition is to bring Simon somewhere so he can enter into competition with Thibaut Courtois, who is lucky enough to play in a team that is doing very well."

The quotes were made to Belgian TV station ATV.

Mignolet and Courtois are battling it out to be Belgium's long term first choice goalkeeper.

The country also have Jean-François Gillet and he started the last match, but the 33 year old Torino goalkeeper isn't thought to be considered above the other two in the long term.

Of England's Top Five, where would Mignolet get a regular first team place?

What would be the point of leaving Sunderland to sit on the bench elsewhere?

He is getting Premiership games ... so what is the problem?

I'll tell you what "the problem" is - a greedy agent who gets his 20% IF the goalkeeper moves on! 

Manchester United are still persevering with David de Gea (and probably will next season, too), Chelsea have Cech and Courtois, Manchester City are happy with Hart and Tottenham have no problem with Hugo Lloris.

That leaves Arsenal, who still struggle with Wojciech Szczęsny.

SUNDERLAND-MAD - FEBRUARY 20th ...

Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet is wanted by both Arsenal and Manchester United, according to The Sun.

The Belgian international has kept nine clean sheets in the Premier League and Arsene Wenger was very impressed during the Gunners 1-0 win over Sunderland earlier this month as the keeper made a string of fine saves.

The 24-year-old signed for the Wearsiders in 2010 for £2 million from Belgian side Sint-Truiden.

The Arsenal manager is going through the toughest period of his career.

Eight seasons without a trophy, and he lost his rag on Wednesday with a reporter who asked if the Arsenal boss had been offered a two year contract.

Wenger got into a slagging match - and came off second best.

Wenger has challenged his side to put last night's 3-1 defeat at home to Bayern Munich behind them and regroup to mount a final push for Champions League qualification again next season. 

Wenger - who earlier this week hit out at a growing number of critics following a shock FA Cup exit at home to Blackburn - accepted the Gunners had been outclassed by the ruthlessly efficient Germans in the first leg of their last 16 European tie at the Emirates Stadium last night.

Arsene Wenger: "We will have two battles, but maybe the easier battle will be to be back in the Champions League.

"However, we have to give everything to try and change things in the second leg.

"But let's not hide the truth: it will be extremely difficult against a team of that quality.

"We have to give our best and hope we have built our confidence up a bit more, because that belief will be needed.

"The quality of my players is there, but they are not getting reward for their efforts.

"I still have confidence in my players and in my team but on this evidence there is clearly work to be done.

"However, you have to give them (Bayern) credit for their class. In patches in the first half, it was a difference of quality in their display to ours."

SUNDERLAND FIXTURESMarch 2013 Sat 02 15:00 H Fulham    Sat 09 15:00 A Queens Park Rangers    Sun 17 13:30 H Norwich City    Sat 30 12:45 H Manchester United   

April 2013 Sat 06 15:00 A Chelsea    Sat 13 13:30 A Newcastle United    Sat 20 15:00 H Everton    Sat 27 15:00 A Aston Villa   

May 2013 Sat 04 15:00 H Stoke City    Sun 12 15:00 H Southampton    Sun 19 16:00 A Tottenham Hotspur   

Sunderland squad list

Current player personnel for Sunderland (click column headings to re-sort)

Player namePositionBirthdateNo.AppsGoalsCurrent teamStatistics Bardsley, Phil Defender 28 Jun 1985 2 9 (+5) 0   Season  Career Rose, Danny Defender 02 Jul 1990 3 19 (+1) 0   Season  Career Brown, Wes  Defender 13 Oct 1979 5 0 0   Season  Career Cattermole, Lee  Midfielder 21 Mar 1988 6 13 (+1) 0   Season  Career Larsson, Sebastian  Midfielder 06 Jun 1985 7 27 (+2) 1   Season  Career Gardner, Craig  Midfielder 25 Nov 1986 8 28 (+1) 6   Season  Career Campbell, Fraizer  Striker 13 Sep 1987 9 1 (+14) 1   Season  Career Wickham, Connor  Striker 31 Mar 1993 10 2 (+6) 1   Season  Career Kilgallon, Matthew Defender 08 Jan 1984 12 7 0   Season  Career Pickford, Jordan Goalkeeper 07 Mar 1994 13 0 0   Season  Career Colback, Jack Midfielder 24 Oct 1989 14 27 (+3) 0   Season  Career Vaughan, David Midfielder 18 Feb 1983 15 7 (+11) 0   Season  Career O'Shea, John  Defender 30 Apr 1981 16 24 1   Season  Career Ji, Dong-Won Striker 28 May 1991 17 0 0   Season  Career Meyler, David Midfielder 29 May 1989 18 1 (+4) 0   Season  Career Bramble, Titus Defender 31 Jul 1981 19 11 (+3) 0   Season  Career Westwood, Keiren Goalkeeper 23 Oct 1984 20 3 0   Season  Career Johnson, Adam  Midfielder 14 Jul 1987 21 27 (+1) 4   Season  Career Mignolet, Simon Goalkeeper 06 Aug 1988 22 28 0   Season  Career McClean, James  Midfielder 22 Apr 1989 23 22 (+8) 5   Season  Career Cuellar, Carlos  Defender 23 Aug 1981 24 21 1   Season  Career Saha, Louis  Striker 08 Aug 1978 25 2 (+12) 0   Season  Career Fletcher, Steven  Striker 26 Mar 1987 26 27 9   Season  Career Sessegnon, Stephane  Midfielder 01 Jun 1984 28 29 (+1) 4   Season  Career Knott, Billy Midfielder 28 Nov 1992 30 0 0   Season  Career Noble, Ryan Striker 11 Jun 1991 33 0 0   Season  Career Adams, Blair Defender 08 Sep 1991 34 0 0   Season  Career Reed, Adam Midfielder 08 May 1991 37 0 0   Season  Career Lynch, Craig Striker 25 Mar 1992 38 0 0   Season  Career Laing, Louis Defender 06 Mar 1993 40 0 0   Season  Career Egan, John Defender 20 Oct 1992 42 0 0   Season  Career Deacon, Roarie Striker 12 Oct 1991 tbc 0 0   Season  Career * Richardson, Kieran Midfielder 21 Oct 1984 11 1 0 Fulham Season  Career * Elmohamady, Ahmed Midfielder 09 Sep 1987 27 0 (+2) 0 Hull City Season  Career

 

Source: Sunderland-Mad


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