The performances of David Wheater have been one of the bright lights in Middlesbrough’s season, and the 21-year-old local lad has no plans to leave the club. Sky Sports report that the central defender is ready to commit himself to Boro for the long-haul, despite being linked to several other Premier League clubs.
“I don’t want to play for anyone else apart from Middlesbrough,” said Wheater.
“Obviously there might come a time further down the line where I might want to play for Manchester United, Arsenal or whoever, but this is my hometown club and I can’t think of anywhere else I would rather be.
“The manager has shown faith in me and I love playing here.”
It’s nice to see some loyalty shown towards a player’s hometown club rather than chasing the yankee dollar elsewhere. However, Boro fans will be all-too wary after Jonathan Woodgate pledged allegiance to his local club before firmly upping sticks and signing for Tottenham instead. Will it be a different story with Wheater, who could be knocking on the England door before long?