Sunderland midfielder Steed Malbranque has insisted he wants to stay at the club despite speculation that he could leave.
The 31-year-old Frenchman is in the final year of his contract at the Stadium of Light and with manager Steve Bruce having made nine summer signings to date, has been linked with a move away.
Queens Park Rangers and Fulham have both been linked with moves for Malbranque, but the French schemer plans to stay at Sunderland and win a new deal at the Stadium of Light.
"I am very happy at Sunderland - I do not want to leave this club," Malbranque told the Journal.
"I want to stay and fight for my place, I have no interest in leaving and I would like to stay longer if possible.
"The club has moved forward in every year that I have been here and we have done it again.
"With the new players that we have at the club, we can target European football next year.
"The club keeps progressing every year and I like that - I want to be part of it and I want to be part of Sunderland's future.
"I want to be part of the squad, I have never asked to leave and I won't."