Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Welbeck Refuses to Commit to Cats; Welbeck Won't Yet Commit to Black Cats

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Welbeck Refuses to Commit to Cats; Welbeck Won't Yet Commit to Black Cats

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DANNY Welbeck has admitted four months at the Stadium of Light have done more for his career than staying at Manchester United could - but has stopped short of saying he would like to grant Steve Bruce's wish and make the move permanent, writes STUART RAYNER. The forward is on a season-long loan, and after three goals and consecutive man-of-the-match performances in his last two games, Sunderland manager Bruce has stated his desire to buy the Mancunian.

However, with doubts over the future forward line at Old Trafford, the England under-21 international is refusing to tie his colours to either mast.

Welbeck, who turns 20 on Friday, said: "I have seen what Steve Bruce has said and there will be a decision I need to make on my future at some point.

"At the moment, all I am looking at is short-term.

"I just want to do my best in every game and I am not thinking about whether I go back to Manchester United or not."

Welbeck is highly regarded at Old Trafford - in 2009 Sir Alex Ferguson wrongly predicted he would be in Fabio Capello's England World Cup squad the following summer.

However, the player would be well advised to see how a period of transition plays out before assessing his long-term prospects.

While Dimitar Berbatov's agent has refuted rumours his client is set to leave, the Bulgarian's contract expires in 18 months. Wayne Rooney's new contract could be either the precursor to a spending spree to placate him, or his sale. What is clear, however, is thatmoving to Wearside has certainly accelerated Welbeck's development. "My aim was to get minutes on the pitch. That is what I needed," the forward (pictured below) explained. "When I was at Manchester United I was getting the odd chance here and there, but I was never ready to take them. "I would miss loads of games and then be thrown into it and I would struggle to do myself justice. …

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