No talks over Larsson’s Sunderland future

The Northern Echo: FULLY FOCUSED: Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson has not spoken to the club about his future yet FULLY FOCUSED: Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson has not spoken to the club about his future yet

SUNDERLAND midfielder Seb Larsson has revealed talks over his future are yet to take place.

The Sweden international is out of contract in the summer, but admits there is yet to be any dialogue with the club over a new deal.

Instead, Larsson insists getting his side off the bottom of the table is a bigger priority.

He said: “At the moment, we’re just worrying about the football. Nothing’s really been said and you’ve just got to get on with it.

“There are no problems from me because we haven’t really spoken.

“It’s about getting the team to where it should be and making sure the club is in the Premier League for next year.

“This is a big club and then things will take care of themselves after that.

“But now is not the right time to be talking about it. I don’t want to put any pressure on the club.”

Gus Poyet has revealed a decision over Connor Wickham’s long-term future will not be made until the striker returns from his current loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday.

There have been reports the Black Cats could offload the 20-year-old permanently in January, but the Black Cats boss insists he continues to monitor his progress in the Championship.

Poyet said: “Nothing’s been decided, although it’s not something I would usually comment on. But we haven’t even talked about that (a permanent departure).

“He needs to play and after he gets back from loan, we will talk with him as well.

“We knew he needed to play a few games and we are keeping an eye on him all the time.”

Meanwhile, Carlisle United manager Graham Kavanagh expressed his pleasure at the FA Cup third round draw which sees his side visit Sunderland in January.

The former midfielder, who played for the Black Cats between 2006 and 2009, took charge of Carlisle two months ago and has admitted that the draw to bring United to the Stadium of Light could not have gone any better.

“It’s an absolutely brilliant draw, a relatively local game against a Premier League team and a real reward for the players and the fans,” Kavanagh told the Carlisle News and Star yesterday.

“The game will be a chance to put ourselves on the map in terms of a performance.

“And financially, I’m sure the directors are excited, as they have supported every part of the financial impact the club has felt.

Paul Thirlwell, Liam Noble and Pascal Chimbonda will return to face their old employers, while Keiren Westwood may face Carlisle for the first time since departing Cumbria in 2008.

“I have lived in the northeast since playing for Sunderland and the texts and banter have already started,” said Wynyard-based Kavanagh.

“It’s a club I loved playing for and always look for their results, and it would be great to go there and give a good account of ourselves.

“I’ve always been impressed with Gus Poyet and it will be a great test for myself and my staff to see if we can compete.

“Hopefully the Mackems will get behind the game and make it a special day. It will be a showcase event and I would love it to be on the TV.

“And who knows if we can go there and win? Nothing is impossible in the FA Cup.

Sunderland were involved in one of the biggest when they beat Leeds in 1973. We will go there with belief and give it a right good bash.”

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