Date: 6th June 2013 at 2:03pm
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Simon Mignolet might not be looking to move on from Sunderland, and may well be happy with the club, but he definitely isn’t going to be signing a new contract.

His representative Nico Vaesen, as he told The Echo, has made it clear that no new deal will be signed and the talks that started earlier this year aren’t going to be picked up: ‘There is no progress.

‘I think it is very unlikely that he will sign a new contract.

‘Simon has obviously come to a point where he wants to step up a level and there is a lot of interest in him.’

Vaesen has also further fuelled speculation that he could move on (with Arsenal, Liverpool, Man United an Napoli all believed to be waiting in the wings) this summer with his further comments, adding: ‘He is very ambitious and wants to play in the World Cup, in Brazil, next year.

‘It was a good thing that Sunderland stayed up and it is a fantastic club where he has had three great years but it is maybe time to step up a level and play for a club competing for a European spot.’

The final two-years on his contract will be honoured, if needed, with Vaesen saying that anyone interested should go to the club, and not him, and conduct any transfer activity “the right way”.

An immediate move away from the club isn’t necessarily going to happen, however the closer to his contract ending the Belgium international gets the more the pressure does grow to sell but the less the transfer fee would be.

From January onwards that is when the pressure really grows, but you’d not want to sell your keeper midway through the season so you’d expect a very good offer this summer to tempt Sunderland or they’ll hold out until next summer and sell, even if it would be for less than they could get now, which would still be better than nothing in the summer of 2015!

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