Boudewijn Zenden is confident he can prove his fitness and sign for Sunderland at the end of next week. The 33-year-old is a free agent after his contract expired at Marseilles and has been training with Sunderland for the past week.
Zenden, who lists Chelsea, Middlesbrough and Liverpool among his former clubs, wants to end his career in England and is hopeful of securing a return to the Premier League. "It's now a week that I've been training with Sunderland," the former Netherlands winger said. "I will continue another week with this team.
"There isn't many people because of the international break. But that doesn't prevent me from working hard. Moreover, there are still great names here like [Steed] Malbranque, [Darren] Bent and [Kieran] Richardson too.
"What is certain is that the bosses are interested in me. They only want to see if I am physically fit or not. I have not stopped since leaving Marseilles. I have worked six times a week since this summer. It's a very nice club, well organised, with superb facilities."
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has told Bent his England chance will come despite saying he was not surprised he missed out this time. Bent has made a fine start to his career at the Stadium of Light but has yet to interest Fabio Capello. Bruce said: "No disrespect to Darren, but I wasn't that surprised because if you analyse Fabio Capello, he hasn't made many changes from the day he took over. All he can do is keep playing well and I'm sure his chance will come."