Sunderland youngster Dan Neil, who has been linked with a summer exit, has revealed that he wants to play for the Black Cats next term.
Sunderland have suffered a difficult spell of late both at first team and academy level, seeing a whole host of young players leave the Stadium of Light.
Another young talent could be set to leave the Academy of Light, with a recent report claiming that Wolves have now made contact with Sunderland in an attempt to sign the 18-year-old midfielder.
Despite the ongoing rumours, Neil has forced his way into Phil Parkinson’s first team plans after impressing during pre-season matches against Gateshead and Carlisle United.
“Dan is a player that, there’s been clubs talking about Dan in the summer, but he’s got a desire to play for Sunderland,” said Parkinson after Neil’s impressive display against Carlisle.
“If I was a supporter, that’s what I want to hear. As a manager, it’s certainly what I want to hear.
“He’s a young player who just has a determination to get in and around the first team. At the moment, and there’s a few more games to go before the start of the season, he’s in amongst it.”
Neil made his Sunderland debut from the bench late in the Black Cats’ EFL Trophy win at Morecambe in November 2018.
Neil seems to be a promising talent, given that Premier League duo Leeds and Wolves have shown interest, and his addition to Sunderland’s first team could be a superb one for Parkinson.
Some fans may already be well aware of his talents and an injection of promising and exciting youth could be the ideal jolt for the first team squad ahead of the League One campaign.
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