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Charlie Oatway has said that it would be 'lovely' to keep Fabio Borini but admits the Italian's future is in Liverpool's hands.

Alex Livesey

After Fabio Borini refused to rule out a return to Sunderland next season, first team coach Charlie Oatway has praised the loan striker and says he would love to see him return to the Stadium of Light next season;

Fabio has done brilliantly for us.

What a guy, and what a gentleman too - he's been great for us.

His workrate on a daily basis, let alone a matchday, is phenomenal.

It would be lovely to have him with us again.

Although the Italian would be a popular signing for both the club and the fans, Oatway has admitted that his future is out of Sunderland's hands;

But his future comes down to a decision by another club, which we cannot really have an opinion on.

I'm just glad he has enjoyed his time here though.

The 23-year-old is due back at his parent club Liverpool at the end of the season and he will be hoping his performances for Gus Poyet's side will be enough to force his way into Brendan Rodgers' first team plans, particularly with the Scousers qualifying for next season's Champions League and all the extra games that come with that competition.

Despite our hopes of signing the Italian permanently appearing to be slim, if Liverpool strengthen as expected before their Champions League campaign, there is always a chance that Borini falls further down the pecking order at Anfield and either becomes available for another loan or pushes to leave on a permanent basis for first team football. If either of those scenarios happen, you would expect Sunderland to be one of many clubs vying for his services.