Well it appears that a certain Middlesbrough winger has once again hinted that his future at the Riverside is unstable to say the least!
Stewart Downing has warned Middlesbrough he may have to look for a move away from the Riverside Stadium, if the club cannot fulfil his ambition of playing in the Champions League.
Despite being linked with a move to 2005 Champions League winners Liverpool over the summer, Downing still remains a Boro player, but admitted the lure of playing in the Champions League is tempting.
The midfielder told the Evening Gazette: “If there are big clubs interested in you it is flattering and sometimes you are tempted.
“My mates are big Boro fans and they obviously want me to be at Middlesbrough for all my career, and if we become a top team, a Champions League team, then there would be no question about going.
“But if we don’t eventually make that step, then one day I might have to make that decision. It’s an important couple of years for me.
“I think every player likes to try something new in their career and I’m no different.” (PA)
Ok so given that it’s a racing certainty that Boro, and no disrespect meant here, will not be in the Champions League in the next couple of years, Downing is basically saying he wants to leave. He is being honest in some ways and a little misleading at the same time. Whilst it’s true that there is nothing wrong with ambition there is something wrong about continually talking about one’s desires and wishes whilst knowing that he can not achieve these goals at the club he plays for. Liverpool have been linked with the England international and many believe a move for the 24 year old could be a mistake citing concerns about consistency and ability to play at a higher level as the major doubts over such a move. News has come out of a potential £12m bid from neighbours Sunderland today, but given that Roy Keane’s side is equally unlikely to offer the future Stewart demands that deal could well also fail to materialise. Maybe Chelsea will come in for him and consign him to a SWP fate? Do Liverpool fans really hope Rafa doesn’t attempt to sign the left winger or would a move for Downing not be as bad as all that?