Jeremain Lens’ comments in the Chronicle appear to have ended any rumours that he could be about to leave Sunderland this summer.
Lens was brought to the Stadium of Light back in 2015, but his first season in English football did not work out as desired.
The attacker was inconsistent throughout the campaign, and there were suggestions that Sunderland could look to move Lens on in the transfer window (Sunderland Echo).
However, it seems that the 28-year-old is fully focused on helping Sunderland, ahead of the new campaign.
“What happened last year is in the past now,” he said. “I have started a new season and I want to look forward. Hopefully, it’s going to be a better season for me now.
“I came back quite fit, and now I can start a new season. I had an injury last season, but I know I need to step up a bit more.
“Hopefully, Sunderland fans will see some more from me this season.
“I try to do my best in every game and every training session, and hopefully I can show the Sunderland fans why the club bought me.”
Lens has caught the eye over pre-season, with Sunderland spending much of their time in Austria so far.
The winger has fully recovered from a troublesome injury which kept him out for the back end of last term.
Sunderland’s opening match of the season comes against Manchester City at the Stadium of Light, in what will be David Moyes’ first competitive game in charge of the Black Cats.