Liverpool transfer target full of discontent

Reported Liverpool transfer target Simon Mignolet has spoken out about his discontent at the struggles from relegation he and Sunderland have gone through.

The Reds have been linked with a move for the Belgian international goalkeeper this summer, with speculation growing around the future of Pepe Reina at Anfield.

Mignolet is now thought to be Liverpool’s number one choice to replace Reina, should the Spaniard leave this coming transfer window, ahead of Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic.

“I am ambitious, and I read the press as you do,” Mignolet told the Daily Mail. “It has been a difficult season with Sunderland. It’s not much fun to play bottom of the League, and I think Sunderland will know they have to change something to prevent another season like that.

“The manager [Di Canio] wants to change the team for the better. Let’s hope he can do that next season. ”

Mignolet was a permanent fixture in the Black Cats team as they narrowly avoided relegation, finishing just three points off the relegation zone.

“I am happy with my season,” the 25-year-old added. “I played 38 matches. Few players can say they did that in a Premier League season. I also managed 11 clean sheets, which is not bad if you’re playing at the bottom of the division. To do that, you have to be mentally strong, and I think it shows I have progressed a lot as a goalkeeper.

“Apart from the two club awards, I was voted north-east player of the year, and that is not a bad achievement, considering Newcastle were playing in European competition and had players like Demba Ba and Ben Arfa in their ranks. I have had a good season, so it’s logical your name is linked with one or two teams.”

Mignolet’s comments will surely prick ears around Liverpool’s scouting team who are looking to conclude transfer deals early this summer.

The 6ft 3inch shotstopper also responded to recent speculation linking him with Arsenal, but appeared laid back on the rumours.

He continued, “I have read about it, but I haven’t heard anything. I know there has been talk about Arsenal, but I haven’t heard anything or received a phone call from Arsene Wenger. I will stay calm and focused on the Belgium games, and after that,  go on holiday with my girlfriend. We will see what happens.”

Mignolet is the second choice goalkeeper for Belgium, having won 13 caps for his country.

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  • ftm

    Will not happen. To good for you lot… ftm

  • jerry

    Not as much discontent as Suarez. He may go to a top club for big money but not a one going through transition for peanuts.

  • Rokerender

    Please listen to the interview properly and report on what was actually said, not resort to cheap headline making and sensationalism by reading what LFC hope would be said. No evidence whatsoever of Mignolet ‘Being full of discontent’ as you put it.

    If he were to leave, it will be to a current top 4 club for Champions League Football, not for LFC, who will be rather “toothless” without the Suarez next season. Mignolet has 2 yrs left on his contract and no need to sell this summer at least. If DeGea is worth 17M, then so too is Mignolet. Get real, report the facts and enjoy the summer!

    • jay

      A top 4 club in championsleague? Haha I think anyone is an upgrade over sunderland and 17 mill bahahahahaha u are delusional. Suarez in or out sunderland are no where near the club liverpool is

      • Willy

        You were saying Rokerender??

    • Max

      What are you talking about, he’s clearly unsatisfied: “It’s not much fun to play bottom of the League.” “I am ambitious, and I read the press as you do”. Read between the lines!

  • Chris Dobson

    Easily the best keeper in the league last year, perhaps with the exception of Cech