Zenden to be offered new deal

Zenden current contract expires at the end of the season, but Bruce

believes the former Liverpool and Chelsea star still has a lot to

offer. The 34-year-old has made 21 appearances in the Premier

League this season, albeit mostly as a substitute, and Bruce is

keen to keep him on Wearside. “We’ll look at a contract for him in

the next week or so,” he said. “I’ve already had a little

conversation with him because his physical stats haven’t

deteriorated at all since the start of the season. “In fact he’s

done very well. He’s still got a lot to offer this club. “He’s a

great asset for the club and we’d like to hang on to him for

longer, which is why we’re looking at a new contract for him.”

Zenden has yet to decide if he will sign the new deal on offer as

it depends on how much he will be playing next season. The

midfielder admits it has been frustrating playing a bit-part role

as he wants to be a regular in Bruce’s plans. “The issue is how

much a part I have to play,” Zenden told the Daily Mail. “I’ve

played quite a lot this season but some of the appearances have

been for the last five minutes, which is not so nice. “I don’t just

want to be here to be here, I want to be important as well. I’m

having a good time. I don’t feel old. I still feel like one of the