Tottenham's DeAndre Yedlin discusses his chances of joining Sunderland permanently

DeAndre Yedlin Jermaine Jones

The US international right-back made 25 total appearances on loan at the Stadium of Light this past season.

Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin has told Goal USA that he is “keeping all doors open” amid suggestions that he could make a permanent move to Sunderland this summer.

Yedlin, who joined Tottenham from the Seattle Sounders following the 2014 MLS campaign, spent this past season on loan with the Black Cats after finding his first-team opportunities limited at White Hart Lane, making 25 total appearances and recording two assists.

The 22-year-old right-back struggled for playing time to begin with but eventually settled into the line-up over the second half of the season, going on to start the club’s final 13 Premier League games and putting in some impressive defensive performances to help them avoid relegation with one match to spare.

His spell in the North East proved a valuable learning experience and served as an encouraging sign for his long-term development, but what the future now holds for the US international back at White Hart Lane remains up in the air.

Playing time will obviously be hard to come by with both Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier well ahead of him in the pecking order, and having seen his progress stagnate during his first eight months in north London after featuring just once for the club, the promising American cannot afford to miss out on regular first-team football.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has kept coy when asked whether Yedlin’s stay at the Stadium of Light might be made permanent, but the Mirror reported over the weekend that the two sides could soon reach an agreement over a £2 million deal.

Speaking before joining the US national team for their pre-Copa America training camp in Miami, the 31-times capped defender admitted that he would be open to returning to Sunderland but also stressed that he would not be focusing on his club future until later this summer.

“It’s definitely a door I would not close,” Yedlin told Goal USA. “I would not mind going back [to Sunderland]. I had a great time there. I’m keeping all doors open, I don’t want to shut any right now.

“Any opportunity that is offered to me is a big opportunity,” he added. “When you’re dealing with the Premier League, it’s still unbelievable to think that I’m playing in the Premier League.

“I don’t want to close any doors right now. I’ll just keep my head down and perform at Copa America. Obviously if I can have a good tournament here it’ll impress a lot more people.”

Yedlin, who is one of 40 players on the USA’s preliminary roster for next month’s Copa America, is likely to feature in this coming weekend’s warm-up game against Puerto Rico and should be Jurgen Klinsmann’s first-choice right-back going into the tournament.

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