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Boateng laughs off quit talk
10 Mar 2007 - 12:33:05
Middlesbrough captain George Boateng has dismissed reports suggesting he will announce his retirement from the game at the end of this season.
The Dutchman had been quoted as saying he would quit if Boro won this season's FA Cup, but he has laughed off such talk.
"I still feel young. I have a contract for two more seasons so there is plenty of time," he told BBC Sport.
"I am enjoying it here and retirement is the last thing on my mind.
"I was misquoted. What I meant was that if I win the FA Cup this year then in the years to come I can retire content because I have fulfilled every dream I had as a young player.
"But the quote came out that I would retire if I win the FA Cup.
"I played in the last Wembley final (for Aston Villa) and to play in the first one and win it would be as big for me as winning the Champions League with another team.
"With the situation the club is in this is the biggest prize - along with the UEFA Cup - we can achieve.
"We are realistic here, we know winning the league is virtually impossible. To qualify for the Champions League is a lot of work and we are not that far yet. To win the FA Cup would be awesome.
"It would mean I would have played three cup finals in five seasons here. There are some players at bigger clubs than Middlesbrough that never even reach the final."