Leeds United defender Laurens De Bock has confirmed that a permanent switch to Sunderland has been ‘discussed’ as reported by the Northern Echo.

De Bock made the loan move to League One side Sunderland in the latest transfer window and talks have now began regarding a permanent switch.

De Bock claims that various setbacks he has endured at Elland Road have affected him and he is now determined to make the most of a new challenge at Sunderland.

The left-back spoke with his international teammate Simon Mignolet who was previously on the books at the Stadium of Light and he knew then that he made the right decision to drop down to League One.

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He signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at Elland Road in January last year after five years with Brugge and had hopes of reaching the Premier League so this is undoubtedly seen as a backwards step but De Bock if firmly focused on gaining promotion to the Championship with the Black Cats.

De Bock explained: “The manager Thomas Christiansen at Leeds got sacked after three weeks of me being there! A new manager Paul Heckingbottom came in and at the end of the season he got sacked too. Another manager came Marcelo Bielsa and it was difficult then.”

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“The results were not good and my own game was not so good so they decided to buy another left-back. My first two games were really good but I picked up an injury and there was a negative feeling around everything. I just wanted to do better, now we’ll see what happens.”

“With the history of Sunderland everybody expects them to be at the highest level,” said de Bock. “I don’t know what happened in the past but we only have one way to go, and that’s up. We will try do to everything we can to do that. We just have to win every game and hopefully we can go up for the fans.”

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It is clear that De Bock is no longer amongst the plans of Bielsa at Leeds and to be at another huge club like Sunderland can only benefit him as they look for a return to the Championship.

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