Jan Kirchhoff has told the Chronicle that he is convinced that he will sign a new contract at Sunderland soon.
Kirchhoff only joined Sunderland in January, but he made a big impression at the Black Cats.
Sunderland have attempted to act quickly to tie the former Bayern Munich man down, but they have not been able to agree a new deal with the central-midfielder yet.
Kirchhoff and Sunderland have held a series of discussions, and the 25-year-old has hinted that he does not think an agreement is too far away.
“I don’t want to talk too much about contract details,” Kirchhoff, who has just one year left on his current contract, said.
“But I can imagine staying here at Sunderland, I feel good here and I would like to stay.
“I think we will find a solution.
“There are always two sides - the club would like me to stay and I feel good here.
“It’s a good situation for both of us, and I am sure we will find a solution.”
Kirchhoff looks likely to play a vital role for Sunderland in the upcoming campaign.
Kirchhoff’s arrival at Sunderland was a major reason behind why the Wearsiders were able to avoid the drop last term.
The rangy midfielder thrived while sitting in front of the defence, in a role which enabled him to dictate the pace of the game.