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FINALLY! After weeks of speculation, Sunderland announce Elliot Embleton has signed a new deal

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Sunderland have finally announced that England youth international Elliot Embleton has signed a new contract with the club, despite an agreement apparently being made with the attacking midfielder last week.

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Highly-rated academy product Elliot Embleton has ended months of uncertainty around his future by committing himself Sunderland - days after Jack Ross confirmed to the media that Embleton had agreed to stay on with the club prior to a formal announcement being made.

The England youth international was out-of-contract at the end of June but has agreed to stay with the club for a further two years, signing a contract which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2020-2021 season.

Embleton had interest from other clubs - including Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion - but tying him down will be a big boost to Jack Ross after the midfielder had a successful loan spell at Grimsby Town in League Two last season.

The 20-year-old featured 30 times for The Mariners during the 2018-19 season, scoring four and picking up four assists, he also had one appearance for Sunderland as he came off the bench in the EFL Cup defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

He was also named the PFA Bristol Street Motors player of the month for December, as well as being nominated for four times in the club’s goal of the season list, an award he won for the strike against MK Dons in the FA Cup.