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  • Founded:1876
  • Manager:Tony Mowbray
  • Ground:Riverside Stadium
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Boateng ready to quit Boro

21 Mar 2008 - 14:12:23

Midfielder George Boateng has admitted he does not see a future for himself at Middlesbrough.

The veteran Dutchman has been in and out of the first team at the Riverside Stadium this season after falling behind Julio Arca and Fabio Rochemback in manager Gareth Southgate's plans at various times.

The 32-year-old former Aston Villa and Coventry City midfielder has started the last four games, but still believes his days on Teesside are numbered.

Referring to the prospect of leaving, he said: "There is a possibility, yes. I would be lying if I said no.

"But as long as I am here I will always give my best and perform well because I am not so fickle.

"When it comes to what the club has done for me and vice-versa, the things the fans said about me, the way they appreciated what I did, I haven't forgotten that.

"Overall, it has been great, I can't complain at the way my career has been here but there will be a time when you cannot stay here forever.

"I have one year left, but it is not whether I want to be here, it's whether the club wants me here - and wanting and showing someone that you want him to be here are two different things.

"I don't know if I have the right to be here for another year because I do feel the club is going to make dramatic changes during the summer.

"If I am honest, I don't see myself having a long-term future here, longer than the year I have, so we will have to review it in the summer and see what will happen."


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