Sunderland signed Toivonen on a season-long loan deal.
The Swedish attacker said: “Firstly it is about trying to keep Sunderland up and we will go from there. Staying at Sunderland is, of course, in my thinking but we will see. It’s a great facility. I am delighted with what I see and it will be a case of seeing how things happen.”
Toivonen agreed a season-loan deal with Sunderland, signing on loan from Ligue 1 side Rennes to link up with Dick Advocaat.
The 29-year-old is short of match fitness, but he showed flashes of excellence in his 45 minute debut, registering an assist in the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa prior to the international break.
He has shown a creative spark that will bring some much needed attacking flair to the Black Cats, and it appears as if Toivonen could play a key role in keeping the Wearside club in the top flight.
If he manages such a task, it is hard to see why the Black Cats would not want to bring him in on a permanent deal at the end of the campaign, and Toivonen has admitted that he is already thinking about signing for Sunderland when the 2015/16 season ends.