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Sunderland signing Pantilimon throws down gauntlet to Mannone

Sunderland signing Costel Pantilimon is ready to challenge Vito Mannone to be the club's No1.

Mannone's future is now the subject of much speculation and Pantilimon insists he has not made the switch just to sit on the bench as he looks to force a way back into the Romania side.

"It is very important for me to play every game and now I have found this solution," he said.

"I want very much to return to the national team. To be first choice is very important to me, which is why I chose a club where I was wanted and where I had a chance to play.

"Mannone is a good keeper who played well in the previous season, but my goal is to earn a place."

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