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Black Cats defender confirms exit is near

Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley has confirmed that he expects he'll be leaving the club this summer.

The majority of the Black Cats squad has travelled to a pre-season training camp in Italy, although the 28-year-old is among a small group of players that have remained in the North East. The Scotland international has now admitted his future lies away from Wearside.

Bardsley, who was taking part in a charity golf day in Northumberland on Monday, said:

I think it's quite clear to everyone that I'm not part of the plans at the club. So I'm just waiting and hopefully something will pop-up in the near future."

– Phil Bardsley, Sunderland AFC

When asked whether there has been any interest from other clubs, he said: "There has yes. As I say, I'm just waiting and hopefully something is just around the corner."

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Club captain Lee Cattermole is another player being linked with a move away from the Stadium of Light. The 25-year-old hasn't made the trip to Italy either and was also competing in yesterday's charity golf match.

Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole at a charity golf match in Northumberland on Monday Credit: ITV