Duncan Watmore has revealed that he wants to stay at Sunderland.
The talented youngster made his first start for the Black Cats as Southampton were the latest opposition to visit the Stadium of Light, and has now revealed that he is keen to sign a new deal.
The exciting youngster continued to excite on the international stage as England under 21s beat Switzerland on Monday night. Watmore turned provider on two occasions and scored a goal of his own, despite only playing the final 15 minutes.
Sam Allardyce's first glimpse of Watmore was at Goodison Park and the player immediately impressed. Sunderland fans have been crying out for their new star to get more game time and a new contract, which will put off any potential suitors with his current deal set to expire this summer.
Watmore on Big Sam
Following his first league start for the Black Cats, Watmore described Allardyce as being "great" with him since his arrival.
The former West Ham United boss has allowed the current crop of players to show him what they are capable of before deciding who to axe ahead of the January transfer window.
The winger told the Sunderland Echo that he is thankful for the "opportunities" he has been "given" by Allardyce so far, adding that he needs to "take" anymore he is offered and then "kick on."
"I need to try to ensure I play as much as I can," the 21-year-old continued, with him looking to establish himself in the first team.
Allardyce has been a key figure for Watmore since taking the Sunderland job, influencing the player's decision to stay on Wearside. Players of his age just want to play football and when in this kind of form it's a win-win for both parties.
Watmore added that he wants to stay in the North East, describing Sunderland as a "great club". This will delight fans as fears of him departing the club can now be put to rest.
The brilliant youngster is enjoying his football too, saying, "it's been a great year so far," and now signing a new contract and playing regularly will be priorities for the man from Manchester.