Sunderland boss O'Neill: I didn't want Campbell to leave

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill insists he believes in striker Fraizer Campbell. O'Neill admits he rejected enquiries for Campbell during the summer.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill insists he believes in striker Fraizer Campbell.

O'Neill admits he rejected enquiries for Campbell during the summer.

“Fraizer has a battle on his hands – as have the players I have brought in,” O’Neill said.

“I think everyone wants to be a part of it and I think there is a just a lift with the new players coming in to the club. The position are there for battle and we will see.

“When I came in here Fraizer had been injured for a long time. He came back and not too may come back from those injuries, and the good thing is that he is injury-free.

“He came in a flurry last season which was really great but like most of us, he dropped a little bit after the Everton game. We have tried to regain it in pre-season.

“There was a bit of tentative interest in Fraizer, as there was a number of my boys but I would not want to leave myself short with the number of strikers we have.”

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