Ferdinand targets Cats stay

Defender keen to put problems behind him and earn extended deal

Ferdinand: Keen to repay boss

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Anton Ferdinand hopes he will not be driven out of Sunderland and would happily pen a new contract.

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The defender's future at the Stadium of Light has become a subject of intense speculation, with a lack of first-team activity suggesting he does not figure in Steve Bruce's long-term plans.

Ferdinand's cause has not been helped by a number of injury setbacks and a summer bust-up with his boss, which left him without a squad number at the start of the season, and he admits things have been a bit 'up and down'.

He is, however, determined to prove his worth on Wearside, having arrived from West Ham in a big-money move back in 2008, and is keen to earn an extension to his current deal.

Ferdinand said: "I'd love to sign a new contract here.

"I owe this club a lot and if that day comes, it comes. If not, I will have to look elsewhere."

Differences

The 25-year-old admits his clash with Bruce in pre-season probably did him few favours but, with Sunderland currently short on defensive options, he hopes he can get back into his manager's good books with some solid displays on the field.

He added: "It's been a bit of an up and down season for me. At the start of the season I didn't know whether I was coming or going.

"I was making sure I was fit for the start of the season, then I had the hamstring injury and then I had a bust up with the manager, an argument, and then we sorted out our differences.

"He was man enough to bury the hatchet and so was I. As I've said before on many occasions, I'd like to thank him for that, because not many managers would have done it. I owe a lot to him for that.

"It was just something that happened. It wasn't malicious. But it was something that maybe did need to happen, I don't know. To clear the air. But we're both past it, we don't want to look back on it - I certainly don't - and I just want to repay the manager with performances."