Sunderland would need to recoup the bulk of their investment in Altidore too if they were to let the striker leave this summer.
"I'm always a person that doesn't give up easily," said Altidore on ESPN.
"So, I'm looking forward to having the chance.
"And if not, if we come to the conclusion that's not the best option and I go somewhere else, you know, so be it.
"As of right now my mind set is obviously on the World Cup, but as well as getting back to Sunderland and having a better season."
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