Boudewijn Zenden confirms Sunderland exit

Boudewijn Zenden
Zenden has made 49 appearances for Sunderland since his October 2009 move

Sunderland midfielder Boudewijn Zenden has confirmed he will leave the club when his current one-year deal expires this summer.

The 34-year-old is likely to make his final appearance in Sunday's Premier League trip to West Ham - his 50th game for the Black Cats.

"It's something that you deal with," Zenden told BBC Newcastle.

"I've really enjoyed my time here in the north east, and there is loads to look back on in a positive way."

Zenden continued: "For example, leading the team out at Old Trafford as the captain, the way the derbies went and then the fans sticking with us, and at the weekend seeing 42,000 people in the stadium.

"Those are the sort of things that will stick with me, I've always been well received by the fans and I appreciate that."

The former Netherlands international has been used sparingly by boss Steve Bruce during his time at the Stadium of Light, making only 10 league starts in one and a half seasons.

He has also previously expressed his frustrations at the number of games played in the first-team, particularly amid injuries to midfielders such as Lee Cattermole, Kieran Richardson and David Meyler.

"I'm hard to say it's a regret [that I haven't had chance to prove myself], but if you're only on the field for 10 minutes it's difficult to score an important goal," Zenden added.

"At other times I wished I had the opportunity to put more of a marker on the team, but that's the way it is."

The former PSV, Barcelona and Liverpool winger arrived at Sunderland in October 2009, following his departure from French side Marseille earlier that year.

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