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Boro shun Tuncay rumours
01 Apr 2008 - 13:29:43
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate has rejected rumours that striker Tuncay Sanli could leave the Riverside to head back to Turkey next summer.
The 26-year-old has been linked with both Galatasaray and his former club, Fenerbahce, but Southgate is cool about such reports.
He told The Gazette: "He's a good player and he'll always be linked with moves and I'm sure lots of the Turkish clubs would want to take him.
"But I'm very happy with what he's done, I enjoy working with him and I don't expect that to be an issue.
"I think Tuncay's enjoying his football with us, I think he's improved as the season has gone on.
"He's enjoying life here as well, he's a very happy lad who enjoys his work and I think he's been an asset for us this season and one we would certainly not want to lose."
Tuncay has netted six times for Boro this season, having taken 14 games to break his goalscoring duck.
However, he feels he has started to adjust to English football in recent weeks, adding: "Football in Turkey and here are very different and it takes time to settle.
"The first two months were very hard but I was never worried. I always knew it would take time."