Sunderland star Lamine Kone has issued a statement on his future amid speculation linking him with a move to Everton.
27-year old Kone has claimed that he had been promised a new contract, a contract that is yet to materialise.
The defender has been in Merseyside recently to discuss a move to Everton, despite there being no agreement between the clubs.
In light of the speculation linking him to Everton, Kone has released a statement expressing his desire to leave Sunderland.
After a week in which there has been a vast amount of speculation with regard to my future at Sunderland Football Club, I think that it is only fair to the fans of the club to clarify the situation.
At the end of last season I was told by the club that I would be offered a new contract.
Following numerous phone conversations and face-to-face meetings, the latest of which took place today with David Moyes and Martin Bain, no contract has been forthcoming.
It is therefore with much regret that I can only assume that I do not figure in David Moyes’ future plans.
With that being the case it is with much sadness that I have asked the Manager and the Chief Executive to be allowed to leave Sunderland Football Club.
However, until that time I give my word that I will give my utmost in training and on the field.
Kone only joined Sunderland in January, where a string of impressive displays attracted the attentions of Ronald Koemans side.