Liverpool striker Fabio Borini wants to rescue his 2014 World Cup dream by leaving the Premier League in the January transfer window, according to the player's agent.
Borini suffered an injury-plagued opening campaign at Anfield and was sent on a season-long loan with Sunderland in order to grow more accustomed to life in the English top flight.
But the Italian has started just twice for the Black Cats this season and the 22 year old's agent Marco De Marchi will seek talks with parent club Liverpool over a move in the New Year.
"Liverpool own him and in the summer didn't want him to leave, even though the player wants minutes," De Marchi said.
"He dreams of Brazil in 2014 and needs games. He's only had a chance at Sunderland after the arrival of Gus Poyet, but it is still insufficient. I would like a meeting with Liverpool in January."
The Sunderland loanee scored the winner in manager Gus Poyet's first home game in charge in the wear-tyne derby against Newcastle United and after starting the defeat to Hull City, he has been restricted to cameo appearances from the bench.
Borini joined Liverpool from Roma last summer - having played under Brendan Rodgers during their days at Swansea City - but netted just once in 20 appearances amid a campaign overshadowed by a foot injury which curtailed his involvement.
Now as one of 11 players loaned out by the Reds this season, Borini's hopes of returning to the first team on Merseyside appear to be dwindling, especially given his limited opportunites to impress in the north east.
Rodgers is expected to venture into the transfer window in January in search of a full-back to replace the injured Jose Enrique, who is expected out of action until February, while an additional attacker might also be pursued.
Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez have formed the Premier League's most potent partnership this season, but the former's fragile fitness could force the Northern Irishman into sourcing a replacement in the New Year, or indeed recalling Borini from his loan spell.