On loan Manchester City centre-back Jason Denayer is being kept in the dark over his future at the Black Cats, but reportedly is seeking a permanent move to the Stadium of Light.
The likes of Wilfried Bony, Samir Nasri, Eliaquim Mangala, and most surprisingly of all, Joe Hart, were all banished from the Etihad this past transfer window. It is unlikely that any of these players will have a long-term future under Pep Guardiola.
Another squad player sent out on loan was Belgian Jason Denayer; the 21-year-old Belgian joined Sunderland this past summer. Having reasoned that he has no future at City under Guardiola, Denayer is now seeking to make his move to Sunderland permanent.
“Jason is being kept in the dark over his future at Sunderland, but he likes it up there,” a Manchester City insider told the Sun. “He is keen to down his permanent roots somewhere. He doesn’t know if they will go in for him just yet though.
“The issue with the whole thing surrounds the future of David Moyes, but results have picked up for him recently.”
Denayer signed for Manchester City in 2013 and played an important role for the U21 team that season. However, his success with the youth team hasn’t translated into a regular run in the first team. He spent the next season out on loan at Celtic, winning the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year for his performances with the Hoops.
Even this didn’t help his cause at Man City though, as he was sent out on loan to Galatasaray last season. The arrival of Guardiola saw the Belgian leave on loan for a third time, this time to Sunderland.
The 21-year-old was looking for a move away this past summer as well, and the feeling seems to have intensified now. Denayer has made six appearances for the Black Cats this season. Manager David Moyes has used him in a utility role all along defensive line, and even as a defensive midfielder on occasion.
Denayer is a strong, ball-playing defender and could have a big future at Sunderland. A move to the Stadium of Light would be something that both player and club could benefit from. All that remains is the approval of Guardiola and Man City.