DERBY hero Fabio Borini is pushing aside any thoughts over his long-term future, according to the player’s agent.
Borini arrived at Sunderland on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day after the Black Cats reached a financial agreement with Liverpool over the Italian international’s wages.
There was no provision built into the loan to convert it into a permanent deal and Borini, who joined Liverpool for £10.5m 15 months ago, is expected to return to Anfield next summer.
The 22-year-old’s agent, Marco De Marchi, insists Borini hasn’t looked beyond that, with his focus on training at Sunderland and forcing his way into Gus Poyet’s starting XI after netting a stunning winner in Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby.
“His move to Sunderland materialised in the last hours of the transfer window, but he does not regret it,” said De Marchi.
“There were so many ups and downs during the start (of his loan). Things like that can happen during a season.
“But changing the coach has not changed his way of training and playing.
“Fabio is thinking only about training and doing his best for the team.”
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers stressed when Borini joined Sunderland that the former Roma man would be returning to Merseyside at the end of his loan spell.
Likewise, Borini immediately insisted that he wanted to prove his credentials at the Stadium of Light before returning to Liverpool – a point he reiterated in his homeland this week.
“I was unfortunate to get injured last season when I was playing at Liverpool,” said Borini.
“There was little opportunity to play at Liverpool, and after a year of injuries, I needed to trust myself to play regularly.
“But my roots are always there.”
Meanwhile, Sunderland midfielder David Vaughan has been linked with a loan move to the Championship.
Vaughan wasn’t even on the bench for Sunday’s derby victory over Newcastle United after being an unused substitute for Gus Poyet’s first game in charge at Swansea.
The 30-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season, was close to joining Crystal Palace during the summer and had been willing to take a pay cut to reunite with his former Blackpool boss Ian Holloway.
But Vaughan was brought back into the fold under Paolo Di Canio and made four appearances under the former Sunderland head coach.
With Vaughan remaining on the fringes though, interest from several Championship clubs has emerged, with Nottingham Forest, QPR, Leicester, Derby and Blackpool – who have also made enquiries over Sunderland summer signing Cabral – all linked to the Welsh international.