Sunderland midfielder Jan Kirchhoff will be leaving the Stadium of Light this summer at the expiration of his contract, according to The Sunderland Echo.
The 26-year-old moved to the North East back in January 2016 after three years on the books at German giants Bayern Munich, and went on to appear 15 times that season under Sam Allardyce to help the Black Cats avoid relegation from the top-flight.
The former Germany Under-21 international endured a woeful debut at Tottenham but recovered to become a vital cog in Allardyce’s midfield, yet he was unable to replicate that form under David Moyes last term, with injuries restricting him to just five league starts in their disastrous relegation campaign.
And it appears that his stint on Wearside will be coming to an end in ten days’ time, as reports suggest that he will be let go at the expiration of his contract on June 30.
This will signal the end of an 18-month stay at Sunderland, in which time Kirchhoff made 23 appearances for the club, failing to net but laying on one assist, in their 2-1 win at Leicester back in October, in the process.
And he may not be short of suitors with reported interest from the Premier League and the Bundesliga, and there is likely to be an element of frustration among Black Cats supporters that they didn’t see the best of Kirchhoff last term, whose influence may well have seen them put up a better fight to stave off relegation.
Nonetheless, it appears that the £2.55 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) will not be donning the red and white of Sunderland again.
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