I won't quit Boro but Southgate might want to sell me, fears Wheater
25 May 2009 04:41
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Middlesbrough defender David Wheater wants to stay at the Riverside and help them bounce back to the Premier League next season but admits he fears being sold to balance the books.
Wheater, a Boro fan, insists the prospect of Championship football will not prompt him to ask for a transfer, and he feels a year in the second tier will not harm his long-term England ambitions.
The only way the 22-year-old will leave is if boss Gareth Southgate accepts a bid for the centre-back.
'I've got two more years left here so it is up to the manager,'Wheater said. "I'm happy to stay here. I won't ask for a transfer butif the manager accepts another bid then that is a different matter.
'Maybe if I was 28 or 29 and still hadn't played for England then Imight be thinking differently but I've got plenty of years ahead to getin the England squad.