Evans admits: Sunderland are the only club I'd leave United for


Last updated at 12:36 27 March 2008

Sir Alex Ferguson may want Jonny Evans to stay at Manchester United after his latest loan spell at Sunderland but the Northern Ireland international admits he would consider a permanent move to the North East club.

The 20-year-old is 11 games into his second loan spell at the Stadium of Light and his presence since the turn of the year has coincided with an improvement in Sunderland's form as they fight a third successive first-season relegation from the top flight.

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Sunderland manager Roy Keane, whose summer move for the Belfast-born stopper was rejected by his former United boss, knows that Ferguson still wants to hang on to an emerging talent who has been at Old Trafford throughout his football education, although he has only started two games for the club.

But he will be encouraged that the defender, who won his eighth Northern Ireland cap against Georgia last night, says he would be interested in making his move to Wearside permanent.

Evans said: "I'm really enjoying playing a full part in Sunderland's season. Sometimes it seems a bit unreal that I'm back at Sunderland. It didn't look like it was going to happen when the gaffer (Keane) asked the question early in the season and United wanted me there.

"But it's great to be playing and testing myself in Premier League games and it's something I want a lot more of. United is the club I support and to have the chance to make it there is still a great opportunity that no player surrenders easily.

"If I was ever going to leave United, Sunderland would definitely be an option for me – if they want me.

"When Roy Keane says he wants you, it's a massive compliment. If he wanted to make this move permanent, it's something I would want to talk about. Playing in the Premier League in games that matter is what it's all about and what I want to be doing for a few years to come.

"Nothing's been said at all by Sunderland or Manchester United about anything beyond this season. Everything's very similar to the situation when I was here last season.

"The most important thing at the moment is that we get results and no-one is looking beyond our next game."

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