Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has stated he is ready for the next level in his career, with a move away from the Premier League club looking likely this summer.
The Belgian International has been at the Stadium of Light since 2011, where he joined for a reported £2 million fee from Sint-Truiden.
At 24-years old the stopper has a lot of admirers, with Liverpool and Arsenal both showing interest in him recently, and may follow up with a firm offer after his comments today.
Mignolet has two-years to run on his contract, and his agent Nico Vaesen commented in an interview with the Sunderland Echo:
“I think it is very unlikely that he will sign a new contract,” Vaesen suggested of the North East Football Writers’ Association’s player of the year for 2012.
“Simon has obviously come to a point where he wants to step up a level and there is a lot of interest in him.”
“He is very ambitious and wants to play in the World Cup, in Brazil, next year.”
“It was a good thing that Sunderland stayed up and it is a fantastic club where he has had three great years.
“But it is maybe time to step up a level and play for a club competing for a European spot.”