Downing makes Boro pledge

28 February 2009 11:28
Stewart Downing insists he will do his utmost to keep Middlesbrough in the Premier League. The home-grown winger shocked the Riverside last month by handing in a transfer request, but the 24-year-old remained in the North-East after Tottenham failed with a number of January offers. The England international still has his sights set on quitting the club and Spurs will again lead the chase this summer, but with Liverpool coming to town on Saturday, Downing is desperate to pay back the fans he has upset. "This club still means a lot to me," said Downing, who will be hoping his side can claim their first victory in the league since 9th November. "I am staying here until the end and we get on with it. I want to play my part. There can be no passengers in the team, we aren't good enough to do that. "We need everyone fighting and if we do that we have a chance. "It would be a great pay-back from me to the fans to play a big part in keeping us up. "That is the objective. The fans and the manager will be happy with that."

Source: SKY_Sports