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Sunderland boss O'Neill wants to keep matchwinner Gardner: You're not in Saudi Arabia!

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill wants to keep homesick matchwinner Craig Gardner.

Gardner's 85th-minute volley extended the lead Stephane Sessegnon's fine 14th-minute finish had given the Black Cats and killed off any hope of a comeback by the Swansea City.

O'Neill said: "We want him to stay at the football club. At this moment, there has been no concrete offer.

"There is interest from other Premier League teams in and around that area, but there has been nothing concrete and we wouldn't want him to be leaving.

"I have not thought about an immediate replacement at this moment, so time is running out. We want him to stay.

"Obviously at home, he is very family-orientated and he has never really been away before.

"But it is England and you can get from one place to another. It isn't impossible these days. It's not as if to say he is playing in Saudi Arabia."

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