Paolo Di Canio is planning to keep star turns at Sunderland
Paolo Di Canio is determined to keep key personnel at Sunderland, including highly-rated goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
Last Updated: 27/05/13 3:17pm
With the Black Cats having narrowly avoided the drop in 2012/13, rebuilding will be a top priority for Di Canio this summer - as he attempts to put his own stamp on a squad inherited from Martin O'Neill.
There will inevitably be a number of comings and goings at the Stadium of Light, with it important to freshen things up if an improvement is to be made next term.
Di Canio concedes that he will be looking to make a number of additions to his ranks, but has also been quick to point out that he has no intention of allowing prized assets to slip through his grasp.
Belgian shot-stopper Mignolet is among those said to have attracted interest on the back of his efforts in an underperforming side, but Sunderland's attention is very much focused on strengthening.
Di Canio said in the Sunderland Echo: "It is clear that we have to bring in players over the summer - half-a-dozen, maybe more.
"We finished near the relegation zone and so it is obvious that we need to make changes to make sure that we are not in this situation next season.
"But at the same time we already have some quality players here, and I want them to stay.
"I want to build something here at Sunderland and take the club forward - that is my mission. So the last thing I want to do is to let any of our quality players leave.
"Simon is a top class goalkeeper. He's very important to us."