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Mignolet agent anticipating bids

17 June 2013 20:37

The agent of Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has admitted that he expects his client to be the subject of bids from other clubs.

The Belgian has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool of late, with the Premier League outfit expected to lose Pepe Reina to Barcelona.

And, though Mignolet's representative Guy Vandermissen is anticipating interest, he has insisted that his client remains a Sunderland player.

"Simon played terrific last season. He's won points for Sunderland. It's normal that clubs are interested in him," Vandersmissen told The Sport Review.

"But he still has a contract with Sunderland for two years. If there is some interest from clubs, then the interest has to be concrete – and it can only be concrete if the club makes a bid and Sunderland agree with the bid.

"We are waiting on clubs who are really going for Simon to make a bid. But at this moment, we are not aware of potential clubs who are already in talks with Sunderland.

"We have to wait until Sunderland give the go-ahead (before speaking to any clubs) if a club has an agreement with them on the eventual transfer fee.

"We have to wait on that signal. If there is no signal in the coming days and weeks, Simon will return to training with Sunderland at the time that he has to be there."

Vandermissen went on to suggest that Mignolet would have no trouble were he to join a club where he might face stiff competition for a starting berth.

"Goalkeepers only have one position on the field. If you go to a club, you always have competition with the other two goalkeepers," he said.

"When Simon came over to Sunderland, it was obvious at that time that Craig Gordon was in front of him.

"But by working hard, you never know what can happen. He has already proven that he is doing well in the Premier League.

"If you go to a club that is higher in the rankings then there is a lot of good goalkeepers, so you have to go into competition with them."

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