Reported Sunderland target Matija Sarkic has said that he is looking to leave Aston Villa this summer when his contract expires.
The 22-year-old has struggled to gain a first team chance at Villa, spending time on loan with Scottish Premier League side Livingston for the first six months of the season.
Joining Villa in 2015 from Belgian side Anderlecht, the Grimsby-born Montenegro shot stopper has made no appearances for Villa, having had four loan spells away from the Midlands with Wigan Athletic, Stratford Town, Havant and Waterlooville, and Livingston.
Currently fifth choice keeper at Villa with Pepe Reina, Tom Heaton, Orjan Nyland and Jed Steer all vying for a starting place, Sarkic has now revealed that he will be looking for a new club this summer, opting to leave Villa on a free transfer.
“I think that there will be little space for a real chance in Aston Villa in the future so I plan to go, despite the club’s desire to extend my contract, which expires at the end of June,” Sarkic said in a recent interview with Montenegrin outlet Vijesti, as cited by the Birmingham Mail.
Should the Black Cats fail to agree new terms with 32-year-old McLaughlin, they will need to find a solid option and whilst Sarkic has little experience, it may prove to be the right option for both the club and the Montenegro international.
Indeed, he will not set the club back much in terms of finances, given he will be available on a free transfer. That will be a big thing for the club, especially if they are embarking on their third season in League One.
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