Bendtner undecided on future after Sunderland loan but admits Arsenal return is unlikely

Nicklas Bendtner, the Arsenal striker currently on loan at Sunderland, has admitted he does not yet know where his future lies after the 2011-12 season draws to a close, ESPN has reported.

The Denmark international moved to the Stadium of Light on a season-long loan deal last summer and despite the departure of the manager who signed him, Steve Bruce, who was sacked in November 2011, Bendtner has won the admiration of the new boss Martin O’Neill, ESPN adds. The report notes that earlier this week O’Neill confirmed Bendtner was one of his first-choice targets once the summer transfer window opens.

Bendtner however was non-committal when the possibility of a permanent move to Sunderland was raised. He said: “Never say never but it is not certain that I will be here if the opportunity arises. It’s been great to come up here and get games. It’s different than what I was used to at Arsenal but it’s been a good period for me.

He continued: “I obviously have to have a chat with [Arsenal] about [my future], but it’s not there that the first priority is going to be. I think I have been fairly clear about it.

The 24-year-old scored 45 goals in 157 games for Arsenal and had a loan spell at Birmingham City under Bruce in 2006-07, where Bendtner netted another 13 times in 46 appearances. While in the North East Bendtner has found the back of the net on seven occasions, playing 28 times for the Black Cats.

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