Sunderland have confirmed via their official website that they have offered a new contract to promising youngster Benji Kimpioka.
A points-per-game system put an abrupt end to the League One season, leaving the Wearside club set to embark on a third successive season in England’s third tier.
With focus on the summer transfer window now in the mind of manager Phil Parkinson, young Swedish international Kimpioka has become subject of much debate.
The 20-year-old arrived on Wearside back in 2016 and has made several first team appearances, whilst also appearing for Sweden at under-21 level.
Making four appearances in League One for Sunderland this term, the young forward has netted one goal and, given the impression that he made, he could go on to become a key member of Parkinson’s first team.
Despite that expectation, the youngster is yet to sign a new deal, with a whole host of clubs said to be keen on making a move to sign him. Sunderland have now looked to counter any such interest by offering the youngster a new contract, as confirmed by the club this morning.
Sunderland have struggled to keep hold of a number of young players of late, including Josh Maja, who made a great impression in the first team before moving to Ligue 1.
Kimpioka looks set to have a good future and he is certainly an exciting talent, but whether or not he will sign new terms at the Stadium of Light remains to be seen. Parkinson will undoubtedly want to keep hold of the youngster, but the Swede’s future is out of his hands.
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