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Woody's uncertain future

12 Dec 2006 - 13:42:03

Defender Jonathan Woodgate is unsure whether he will return to Real Madrid when his season-long loan spell at Middlesbrough ends.

The former Leeds United and Newcastle United star has impressed during his time at the Riverside Stadium and has already made 13 Premiership appearances for Gareth Southgate's side.

Woodgate still has 18 months left on his current deal with Real but, when asked what will happen at the end of this season, told AS: "Honestly, I don't know. All I want at the moment is to play lots of games here and help Middlesbrough earn a place in Europe.

"At the end of the season we'll have to wait and see. I'm extremely happy here and I don't know if Real want me to return. My future isn't in my hands.

"I've only spoken with Real's physiotherapists, with their doctor and David Beckham. I suppose it's normal no-one else calls me.

"I'm still a little way off being in perfect condition. But I feel better day by day. I have a personalised training plan and every day arrive an hour before everyone else, and leave two hours after everyone.

"I'm working hard to be in top shape as soon as possible, but without doubt the most important thing for me is that I'm playing every week.

"I knew I hadn't lost my ability, but you need to get some regularity in order to demonstrate everything is good."


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