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Relegation could see Jones quit Sunderland

Kenwyne Jones has admitted he could leave Sunderland at the end of the season if they fail to hold onto their Premier League status.

The Black Cats go into Sunday's final round of fixtures knowing that if results go against them the fanatically-supported but unfashionable north-east club could be relegated.

But Jones, who was the stand-out performer and goalscorer in Monday's 3-1 defeat at Portsmouth, said: ''If we stay up I am definitely going to be here. If we go down I don't know what is going to happen.

''I can't say what is going to happen but, at the same time, I just have to work hard and do the best I can for Sunderland.''

Sunderland face Chelsea on Sunday knowing that anything less than a win could see them down.

Due to their superior goal difference Sunderland can only be relegated if both Newcastle United and Hull City win their respective games away to Aston Villa and home to Manchester United - if that happens a point would relegate Sunderland as their goal difference is already inferior to Newcastle's.

Tottenham Hotspur, whose manager, Harry Redknapp, was at Southampton at the same time as Jones, made a bid for the Trinidad & Tobago international in the January transfer window and has been tipped to reprise his interest.

''Tottenham have been linked with me quite strongly for month upon month,'' Jones, 24, added in the Daily Mirror.

''I can't say I know what is going on there or whether it is just paper talk or what. I can only focus on the job I have now.''

Jones has been at Sunderland since August 2007 when Roy Keane signed him from Southampton for £6m.

In his first season on Wearside he hit eight Premier League goals helping Sunderland keep thier top flight status after promotion; this season he has gone one better scoring nine league goals in a struggling side.


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