Speaking to the official Bristol City website, Adam Matthews has admitted there is a possibility he could join the Robins permanently in the summer transfer window.
Matthews said: “If all goes well for both parties there’s a possibility of a [permanent] move in the summer, so we’ll see how it goes and if he [Lee Johnson, manager] wants to keep me.”
Matthews has linked up with City on a loan deal until the end of the season, ending his nightmare with the Black Cats.
The Welsh international right-back has played just 31 minutes of Premier League action for Sunderland this season, having signed from Celtic over the summer.
He came on as a substitute in the opening game of the season, but has not played in the league since then, and has only featured in one other game - he started and completed the League Cup victory over Exeter.
Matthews was clearly not in favour under either Dick Advocaat or Sam Allardyce, and the move to Championship side City will allow the defender consistent playing time ahead of the European Championship this summer.
Considering how poor his time at Sunderland has been, it would not be a surprise to see Matthews opt to stay away from Wearside this summer, rather than returning and being out of the team.
He has admitted that there is a possibility he will move to City on a permanent move as long as the loan deal is enjoyable, but even if he does not sign for the Championship team, he is sure to look for a move away from Sunderland this summer.