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Downing happy to bide time
20 Mar 2009 - 08:09:18
Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing claims he is happy to leave his future on the back burner until the end of the season.
The England international was expected to leave his hometown club in the January transfer window following numerous offers from Tottenham Hotspur.
Boro refused to sell their prize asset with the club embroiled in a relegation battle and Downing insists he is not contemplating his future until the club's own situation becomes clear in the summer.
"When I spoke to the chairman, he said we would discuss it again in the summer and I haven't got a problem with that," he said.
"I will just get on with it. There's too much to worry about with the team situation at the minute than just my single problem, so let's see how we do.
"Hopefully we do stay up because it would a great shame for this town if we didn't.
"We have had to make a lot of cutbacks this season so it would be a great achievement if we stay up and that's my priority at the moment.
"Obviously, I have got an England place to think of as well. I could easily sulk until the summer, but what would be the point of that?
"I am here, so I may as well do my best and try to play well."