Reigning player of the year to leave Sunderland if relegated, claims agent

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Sebastian Larsson's representative says the Swedish international will have clubs queuing up to sign him this summer if the Black Cats go down.

The agent of Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson has claimed that the 30-year-old will leave the club in the summer if they are relegated as he will have a queue of potential buyers, as quoted by the Sunderland Echo.

Larsson was named the supporters' player of the year at the end of last season after an impressive campaign during which he missed only two Premier League matches, but has not been able to replicate that level of success this time around.

The former Birmingham City man fell out of favour under previous manager Dick Advocaat, and after regaining his place after the appointment of Sam Allardyce he missed over three months of action through injury.

The Swedish international returned to make just his 13th club appearance of the season in the draw at Southampton at the start of March, but has failed to feature again since that match and was an unused substitute in the 2-0 defeat to Leicester City on Sunday.

Larsson's agent, Per Jonsson, has suggested that it would be a "crystal clear" situation for the player if the Black Cats are relegated, suggesting that he will not find it difficult to move on if the Black Cats decide to cash in.

Jonsson said, as quoted by the Sunderland Echo: "If they go down, then it becomes a different situation. It is crystal clear. He has one year left on his contract which expires in the summer of 2017.

"Sunderland can see the big picture with their finances if they go down. It is clear that there will be a queue of clubs interested in him. He has a very good reputation and is still a very good player, with more to give.”

Larsson would be an attractive signing for a host of clubs this summer despite the fact he will turn 31 in June, with the midfielder boasting nearly 400 appearances in English football to his name.

Meanwhile, Sunderland face a battle to avoid the drop as the situation remained the same this weekend with themselves, Newcastle United and Norwich City all losing.

Sam Allardyce's side are four points adrift of the Canaries and safety, although they do hold the advantages of holding both a slightly better and a game in hand over the East Anglia side.

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