Duncan Watmore responds when asked about his Sunderland future amid contract uncertainty

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Duncan Watmore claims he wants to stay at Sunderland.

Sunderland winger Duncan Watmore has told The Sun that he wants to stay at the Stadium of Light amid concerns over his contract situation.

Watmore, 21, joined Sunderland from Altrincham in 2013, having starred with the non-league side, smashing 14 goals in the 2012-13 season before his move to the North East.

Since then, Watmore has been sent out on loan to Scottish club Hibernian, and he has also made four Premier League appearances for Sunderland as he continues to hover around the fringes of the Black Cats first-team.

Now, the calls for Watmore to be included on a regular basis by manager Sam Allardyce are growing ever louder having starred for the England Under-21's on Monday.

Watmore came on with just 15 minutes left as England were losing 1-0 to Switzerland, and produced a stunning display to win a penalty, score a goal and set up Chuba Akpom to secure a 3-1 win.

Allardyce will no doubt be considering more action for Watmore, but confusion remains over his contract situation, given that his current deal expires at the end of the season - and some are concerned that Sunderland could lose a top young English talent.

However, Watmore himself has been asked about the contract uncertainty, and told The Sun that he doesn't want to leave Sunderland, and is desperate to stay.

"Do I want to stay at Sunderland? Yes I do. It’s a great club," said Watmore. "I don’t want to go anywhere else," he added.

With Watmore's intentions clear, Sunderland now have to make his contract a priority, especially ahead of the January transfer window - or they could risk losing him, with Premier League rivals no doubt taking note of his displays for the England Under-21's.

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