North East UK news Benji Kimpioka will not stay in Sweden, says sporting director of his former club MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Benji Kimpioka continues to stall over Sunderland's contract offer, and is currently training with his old club in Sweden
Breaking News ! Sunderland contract rebel Benji Kimpioka has no intention of staying in Sweden, according to the sporting director of his former club IK Sirius. Kimpioka is a free agent after his contract on Wearside expired at the end of June, and he has so far refused to sign the new deal put forward by the Black Cats. The 20-year-old trained with Swedish top flight side IK Sirius during the Covid-19 lockdown, and he is again training with the club he played for before joining Sunderland in 2016. Read More Related Articles Sunderland preparing to begin full-contact training next week But there appears to be no prospect of him rejoining Sirius, with sporting director Ola Andersson saying the young striker is only there to train. "We have only promised to stand up and train him," Andersson told Swedish outlet UNT. "I have not entered into any discussions but he has declared that he wants to go outside Sweden again." Kimpioka's contract wrangle at Sunderland has been ongoing for more than a year, yet earlier this summer he said that he wants to stay.
. "Sunderland is a club that I love and I like everyone there, all the coaches, players and staff in the club. "We'll see. I want to stay there, but everything is in God's hands."
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Despite Kimpioka saying that he wants to stay, over time there has been a growing acceptance within the club that he will not sign a new contract - although the fact that he has been offered a new deal protects Sunderland's right to compensation if he does move on. Kimpioka has made 14 appearances for Sunderland in all competitions, scoring four goals, but has yet to make a league start.
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