Vito Mannone comments on battle with Jordan Pickford for number one spot at Sunderland

Sunderland's Vito Mannone celebrates

Mannone enjoys the competition from understudy Jordan Pickford for the number one spot.

Sunderland's Vito Mannone celebrates

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone seems to be relishing the competition brought about from Jordan Pickford as they battle to be the club's first choice 'keeper for the season ahead. 

Mannone got the nod for much of last season under former manager Sam Allardyce, with Costel Pantilimon departing in the winter transfer window for Watford, while Pickford got one or two opportunities. 

That may well stay the same under new boss David Moyes but Pickford could have the chance to stake his claim to be the number one 'keeper at the club.

Sunderland's Jordan Pickford

Mannone is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “We have a good relationship and we fight for the spot in the team, as it is supposed to be at every club.

“I am glad that I am in the position at the moment, and I will work hard to stay here and improve myself. I did well last year and I have got the jersey, so it is up to me to maintain it. But I’m glad there is always someone behind me to push me, because that makes me work even harder."

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe celebrates with Vito Mannone after the game

It looks as though Mannone will be the man who starts as the first-choice 'keeper when the season gets underway next month, but Pickford seems to be providing some healthy competition and will no doubt get some opportunities to shine, probably in the early stages of cup competitions.

It is evident that the Italian is comfortable with the competitive nature he enjoys with Pickford going off these comments, but he does not want to take anything for granted meaning he has to be as error-free as possible.

Pickford is a promising goalkeeper and whenever he gets the opportunity to shine he will be keen to make a point.

Sunderland manager David Moyes

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