Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has asked for Fabio Borini to show some patience after comments from the player's agent suggesting that the on-loan Liverpool striker would look to leave the Stadium of Light in January.
The 22-year-old moved to Sunderland on a season-long loan this summer in order to gain regular first team action, something he could not be guaranteed at Liverpool.
However, despite scoring a spectacular winner in the derby against Newcastle United, he has started just two Premier League games and has been unable to force his way into contention for a regular starting berth.
His agent Marco De Marchi told Calciomercato.com that Borini could look to prematurely end his stay with Sunderland in order to secure another loan move, this time to an Italian club.
"I can say that if Fabio's situation doesn't change in the next month, we could evaluate a return to Italy so that he can find the consistency he needs ahead of the World Cup," said De Marchi.
"Borini would absolutely love to take part in that tournament. Liverpool will not let go of the player definitively, so it would still be a loan spell. He is a modern striker, has an eye for goal and is appreciated by many in Italy and beyond."
This statement has angered Poyet who feels as though Borini should have met with him in order to make his own intentions clear, rather than be forced to hear about his concerns through the media.
"To be honest I would like to talk to him, not the agents," Poyet told the Telegraph. "That would be nice. He is very useful, he is a very important player for us.
"He played in that strange game against Hull and paid the price for the two sendings off as we changed things. He is a player who has been very unlucky because it there is one player who should have got a little bit more from the manager it is Fabio. But let's wait, there is a month to go until January and a lot of games.
"If I was him I'd be moaning, but he has got great character and we have got a very good relationship. Every player wants to play all the time, but I am sure he will play a lot."
Borini joined Liverpool in the summer of 2012 from Roma but struggled to make a significant impact in his debut season on Merseyside as injuries and a lack of form led to him scoring just one league goal in his 13 appearances.