Sunderland midfielder, Wahbi Khazri, has told French outlet SFR Sport that he would like to leave the club in the summer transfer window.
The Tunisian midfielder, who has 31 international caps under his belt, joined the Black Cats in the 2016 January transfer window on a four-year deal.
He proved to be a capable player during Sunderland’s escape from relegation under Sam Allardyce, but found himself on the fringes of the first team at Sunderland last season under former manager David Moyes.
The 26-year-old did enjoy a decent pre-season under Simon Grayson, but he is likely to drop down the pecking order at the club behind both George Honeyman and Aiden McGeady.
Khazri has made it clear that he wants to leave, and issued a ‘come and get me’ plea to any interested club that might want to take him before the transfer window closes.
“In my head, I want to leave. I am open to listening to offers and projects and above all I am looking for a project that allows me to kick-start and enjoy life on the pitch," he told French outlet SFR Sport.
“My priority is to stay in the Premier League. When you have tasted the Premier League, you don’t want to leave it. I am open to all leagues and clubs.”
Sunderland fans have taken to Twitter to express their opinion. And judging by the reactions it seems they want him gone as well.
Wish I could say I was disappointed, but I can't.— Roker Report (@RokerReport) August 24, 2017
Don't want to be here? Byeeeeee!
Get rid soon as he's shocking thats the worst av seen him at carlisle zero effort— ben hall (@HallBhall) August 25, 2017
Overweight, over rated and overpaid. Get him out so the club can move on.— Des (@MackemRaider) August 24, 2017
Never mind his head..his feet want to leave as well cos they've done nowt for the past 8 months.— Paul Dunn (@VotingRed) August 25, 2017
Was he really that good anyway? Kone and Kirchhoff were huge upgrades for us in the Jan 16 window, but Khazri was no better than Johnson.— Stuart Lumb (@StuzMate) August 24, 2017
Khazri's comments don't come as a surprise. SG said some players had made it clear they wanted away , he's just made it more public #safc— Lee Barker (@LBarks72) August 25, 2017
Did Khazri not think that he probably won't be leaving and has just wrecked his chances with the fans and manager? #safc— Jack Waldron (@waldron1994) August 25, 2017
Stevie Wonder can see Khazri wants to leave even in preseason aslong as Grayson true to word and only if price matches our valuation #safc— Stu (@Safcftm2016) August 25, 2017
Khazri' stock has fallen amongst #SAFC fans as quickly as I can remember anyone's. Hell on when left out first game.— Wise Men Say Podcast (@WiseMenSayPod) August 24, 2017
Id rather Honeyman, Gooch, McGeady, Watmore. Khazri was class under Big Sam. Bit like Kone, he never found his form after. #safc— Watmore #1 (@UsainWatmore) August 24, 2017