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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 February 2007, 11:21 GMT
Woodgate deal still to go through
Jonathan Woodgate
Woodgate has been at Middlesbrough since summer 2006
Real Madrid have backtracked on the announcement that they had reached an agreement with Middlesbrough over the transfer of defender Jonathan Woodgate.

Woodgate, 27, joined Middlesbrough on a year-long loan deal from Real in August 2006 and Madrid said the two clubs had agreed to make the switch permanent.

However, Real's sporting director Predrag Mijatovic has now said they are only hoping to make the deal permanent.

"Until everything's signed I can't say it has been completed," said Mijatovic.

Real are believed to want a fee from Boro in the region of 7m but Woodgate has admitted he is in the dark over any move.

"I don't know whether Madrid want me or not," he told Spanish daily As. "That's the first thing that needs sorting out."

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The defender has been in good form this season and Middlesbrough are understood to be keen to agree a permanent deal.

Media and communications manager Dave Allan said: "We have been absolutely delighted with the way Jonathan has played for us this season. He seems happy to be back home.

"We are certainly happy with him - very happy - and we hope the feeling is shared equally between us and Jonathan."

The player has flourished at the Riverside this season after an injury-hit spell in Spain, where he made only nine league appearances in two years after arriving from Newcastle for 13.4m in 2004.

Such has been Woodgate's success at his home-town club during the current campaign, he was recalled to the England squad for this week's friendly against Spain.

If he plays at Old Trafford on Wednesday it will be the centre-back's first cap since facing Sweden in March 2004.

Woodgate was on England duty following his return to the national squad when the initial news of a prospective deal broke, although he missed training as he recovered from Saturday's hard-fought 1-1 draw with Arsenal.


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