Towering defender Modibo Diakité may not be returning to Sunderland if he can find a way to stay at Fiorentina.
The 27-year-old has spent the vast majority of his career in Serie A and first arrived in Italy in 2005 with Pescara.
Between 2006 and 2013, Diakité made his name at Lazio and made 83 appearances for the Eternal City outfit before signing on a free transfer for Sunderland.
Diakité struggled to settle in the Premier League and was sent out on loan to Fiorentina during the January transfer window.
Since returning to Serie A, the French-Senegalese stopper has looked at home and won plaudits for his efforts, showing the versatility to play on the right as well as in the middle.
And it seems there is no doubt that Diakité would like to extend his stay at the Stadio Artemio Franchi rather than return to Sunderland.
"He has a very good relationship with the coach so there are no problems. We have a verbal agreement to discuss Mobido's future after the Coppa Italia final.
"Fiorentina don't have the automatic right to make the deal permanent in the terms of the loan but a lot will depend on Sunderland who are fighting to stay up. The player wants to stay with the Viola."