Mannone in talks for contract extension

Vito Mannone is in talks to extend his Sunderland AFC contract.

Mannone in talks for contract extension
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It has been reported that Sunderland AFC goalkeeper Vito Mannone, is in talks to extend his contract at the Stadium of Light.

Fan favourite

​Mannone is a firm favourite on Wearside since his move from Arsenal and was pivotal in the survival of the 2013-14 season.

The Italian lost his place to Costel Pantilimon for around a season and half, but regained the no.1 jersey after Pantilimon's departure; he was crucial in another Sunderland survival with four clean sheets in their last eight games.

The 28-year-old only has year left on his current deal, but his agent and former Sunderland director of football, Roberto de Fanti has said talks have begun between them and the football club.

De Fanti told Tutto Mercato, that they are "in talks" over Mannone's future and that they will have to "see" what the outcome.

He added that he has a "year left on his contract" and that he would be "happy to stay" and hope to "find a solution" or they will "evaluate" other options . The Italian admitted that he sees his future "in England".

Above: Fabio Borini scoring in Sunderland's 3-2 win over Chelsea | Photo: AFP / Getty Images
Above: Fabio Borini scoring in Sunderland's 3-2 win over Chelsea | Photo: AFP / Getty Images

Happy Italians all round

Fabio Borini is also represented by di Fanta, the Italian striker joined from Liverpool on a permanent basis last summer and was a regular under Sam Allardyce.

However he failed to match his excellent performances from his initial loan move two seasons ago - and has been linked with moves back to his homeland - but de Fanti confirmed that he is happy on Wearside.

He said that Borini will "remain in Sunderland" as he "has a contract" and is "happy" playing in the "Premier (League)".

De Fanti continued, saying Borini and Mannone are two Italians that would always consider the European country "home" but said that they are "aware" that they are playing in the "best league in the world" and are "happy to stay".

Sunderland will take on Hartlepool United at Victoria Park on Wednesday, July 20 with kick-off at 7:30pm BST.