This season might be the last one for Vito Mannone in Sunderland

Vito Mannone is a 27 year old shot-stopper who has managed to make 9 appearances in this season for Sunderland but rumors are linking the Italian player with a move away from the Premier League club.

The goal-keeper who is preferred on being featured under the sticks is CostelPantilimon which has forced Vito Mannone to play only for certain matches but mostly just as a back-up player more than anything else.

Mannone is believed to be interested in being transferred to a club where he can turn into a regular starter which doesn’t seem to be happening in Sunderland anytime soon.

During the 2013-14 season, Mannone enjoyed being the first choice goal-keeper of Sunderland and he was even voted as the Player of the Year due to his consistently high level performances but things have fallen apart for the Italian as he was dropped and replaced by Pantilimon who was signed by Sunderland on June of 2014.

The Italian shot-stopper has already demonstrated and proved that he has what it takes to compete at a very high level in the Premier League but since the arrival of Pantilimon, it has been the Romanian footballer who has taken center stage.

Dick Advocaat is experiencing a similar thing to Jose Mourinho. Advocaat has 2 superb goal-keepers at this disposal but both players want to get consistent playing time in the pitch and not just stay on the sidelines and Jose Mourinho is living an almost identical thing at Chelsea as ThibautCourtois has forced PetrCech to stay on the bench even though Cech is still considered to be one of the finest players in Europe.

Fans of Sunderland are hoping that Vito Mannone would stay in the club but the player is hungry for playing time and unless he gets a more important role at the squad, it’s highly likely that Mannone will be exiting Sunderland in the summer.