Anichebe focused on Sunderland’s survival race

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Nigerian striker, Victor Anichebe says he loves playing for Sunderland and will continue to play his part in their fight against relegation in the English Premier League.

The 28-year-old however says he has given not given thought to whether he will try to stay at the club after his contract runs out at the end of the season.

Little was expected of Anichebe when he joined the club as a free agent in September but he has proved to be one of their best pieces of business since arriving in the summer.

He had been released by West Bromwich Albion and answered the call after his former Everton manager, David Moyes failed to sign the target man striker he had hoped for in the summer transfer window.

It took until October for the Nigerian international to be fit enough to start a game and he tore his hamstring on New Year’s Eve but in between time his performances and his three goals belatedly kick-started the Black Cats’ season.

Not surprisingly, it has made him a popular figure at the Stadium of Light and the feeling is mutual.

“I love it here,” he told the Newcastle Chronicle.

“Before I got injured I felt great, performances were good, someone was saying that outside (of Chelsea’s Eden) Hazard I was one of the highest ranked attackers in the league, so I’ve enjoyed it.

“The fans have been great to me, it is a really great club, so whenever I go out there I try as hard as I can.

“This injury was meant to keep me out for 12 or 13 weeks but I came back after nine, because I wanted to help the team because I know I can with the different style I bring.

“It’s a great club, great stadium, great training facilities, great fanbase, it’s a shame we are where we are.

“I’m not thinking about (where I will play next season) at the moment, I just need to stay fit and help us get some wins, for the fans here and for ourselves,” he said.

Story by: James Boakye-Agyeman

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