Reported Sunderland target Maxi Pereira admits he knows nothing about interest in his services

The Uruguayan has heard transfer rumours from the papers only.

This summer Sunderland are reportedly looking into the signature of Uruguayan defender Maxi Pereira. The right-back is out of contract at Portuguese side Benfica in the summer which has seen Sunderland heavily linked with his signature.

talkSPORT reported last week that, despite the departure of his countryman Gus Poyet, Sunderland were still keen on the full-back.

Pereira, who has recently earned his 100th cap with his nation, has been at Benfica since 2007 and is a top right-back. In an interview with Tenfield in his homeland this week he discussed his future.

He insisted that he had no idea over any potential exit from the club and that for now his sole focus will be on ensuring another title win for his beloved Benfica:

"I do not know much about it, I learn from the newspapers. I am calm at the club, happy and hoping for the best, win the title for the second time."

Sunderland have struggled in the right-back position this season. It was the main reason why they snapped up Anthony Reveillere on a free transfer at the start of the year.

Of course much of this will be dependent on the future of the club. Sunderland are hoping that Dick Advocaat can guide them away from a relegation battle in the Premier League, just as Poyet managed last season.

If they do that, then Pereira would be a viable option. Otherwise, he will not end up on Wearside.

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