Sunderland defender extends loan stay in Portugal

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Sunderland’s Uruguayan centre-half Sebastián Coates will stay on loan at Sporting Lisbon for another season.

Sunderland centre-half Sebastián Coates has agreed to spend another season on loan with Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon, the club have confirmed.

Coates joined the Lions from Sunderland in January on loan until the end of the season, and having made 12 league appearances, and one in the Europa League, the Portuguese club have opted to extend the Uruguayan’s stay for another season.

Sporting had an option to purchase Coates permanently from the Black Cats for £5 million, and despite not exercising their right to use it, the clause will remain in the terms of the extended loan deal.

The Uruguayan had only recently joined the Black Cats permanently before being shipped out on loan to Sporting, signing for around £2million in July of last year following a loan spell from Liverpool, ending a mixed, injury beset spell with the Merseysiders.

Coates made 14 appearances for Sunderland this season, starting in 12 of them before falling out of favour with manager Sam Allardyce.

Sporting are currently two points behind league leaders Benfica with one game to go, however the Lions will have to win away at fourth place Braga, and hope that Benfica slip up at home to Nacional de Madeira, should they hope to win the Portuguese league title, their first since 2002.

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