Liverpool loanee Sebastian Coates will hold discussions with the club regarding his future this summer upon the end of his loan deal at Sunderland.
Coates has started just three Premier League games for the Black Cats this season and has not featured since the FA Cup draw with Fulham in January, one of only two appearances made in 2015 during a dreadful spell.
However, his involvement this term has been indicative of the 24-year-old's spell in English football with just two top-flight starts coming in his maiden season with Liverpool, while the last campaign was spent nursing a serious knee injury.
The former Nacional defender has confirmed his intention to return to Liverpool for talks over his future, which appears bleak after the 2014 summer signing of Dejan Lovren, but he has pledged to remain on English shores even if he leaves Anfield.
"During my time in England, I've not had as many matches as I wanted," Coates said. "When the year loan is over, I will talk about what to do next [with Liverpool]. "But my goal is to stay in England because it is the best football in the world. It's a very competitive league."
Coates has less than 18 months to run on his current Liverpool contract following his arrival in 2012 but with Lovren and Mamadou Sakho having both moved to the club, manager Brendan Rodgers could look to offload him on a permanent basis.
Liverpool signed Coates for £7m ($10m) but are unlikely to recoup a significant portion of that fee as the player enters the final 12 months of his contract.
Having been sidelined by former manager Gus Poyet, his sacking has not improved Coates's opportunities with Dick Advocaat leaving him out of the squad entirely for his first game in charge at West Ham United.