Mignolet Leaves For Liverpool But Will Captain Cattermole Follow Him?

Lee CattermoleSimon Mignolet this week sealed his long-anticipated move away from Sunderland as he joined Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool but who else will join him in leaving Wearside this summer?

Rumours are circulating that the mercurial Stephane Sessegnon and captain Lee Cattermole could also have been given the green light to exit the club, with the news making worrying reading for Black Cats fans.

Goalkeeper could be the position that supporters will be worrying least about with a ready made replacement in Republic of Ireland international Keiren Westwood expected to become the club’s number one.

Manager Paolo Di Canio paid tribute to Mignolet, who will hope to regain his place as first choice stopper for Belgium in time for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Di Canio said: “Simon is a fantastic footballer, a fantastic professional and a fantastic lad and I would like to personally thank him for his contribution to the team last season.

“He was crucial to what we achieved and he goes with the very best wishes of everyone at the club.

“I would like to assure our fans that there is a huge amount of work going on behind the scenes. 

“Our aim is to build a competitive squad for the new season and this deal will give us further ability to strengthen the side.”

But what of the other members of Sunderland’s sought after squad?

Despite improving hugely during the past 18 months, Cattermole has been a peripheral figure since towards the end of Martin O’Neill’s initial season in charge.

Steve Bruce’s Hull City are said to be interested in the former Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic midfielder as they prepare for their first return to the top flight since 2010.

Sessegnon was inconsistent in the last campaign, yet he is still the Wearsiders’ main creative spark and shone once Di Canio took over from sacked Martin O’Neill. A talented signing would be needed to replace the Benin attacker should a Chinese or French side swoop for him.

Much now rests on the shoulders of newly installed director of football Roberto De Fanti and chief scout Valentino Angelini to sign players good enough to improve on the past two turbulent seasons, which have brought disappointing 13th and then 17th in the Premier League.

One thing is for sure, there will be a host of new faces in Red-and-White stripes running out at the Stadium of Light for Di Canio’s team against Martin Jol’s Fulham on August 17.

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