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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 May 2007, 09:22 GMT 10:22 UK
Middlesbrough reveal Xavier exit
Abel Xavier
Xavier has made 20 appearances for Boro this season
Middlesbrough have confirmed defender Abel Xavier will leave this summer after failing to agree a new contract.

The 34-year-old former Portugal defender rejoined Boro in 2006 following a drugs ban having originally signed for the club in August 2005.

Boss Gareth Southgate told the club's website: "We have been unable to give Abel the terms he was looking for."

Xavier insisted the split was amicable, telling the club's website: "Gareth has my respect as a person and as a coach."

606: DEBATE

Xavier said he believed Middlesbrough would progress under Southgate because of the respect the players had for him.

"That is a great quality because most of the time this does not happen with players that become managers, as they lose respect towards the players," he said.

"When this kind of thing is missing the players do not show respect to the manager but this is not the case with Gareth."

Southgate said "I am disappointed Abel has decided not to stay with us but I'd like to thank him for his contribution to the club.

"He always did well when called upon and we wish him all the best."



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Uefa turns down Xavier ban appeal
21 Dec 05 |  Middlesbrough
Xavier vows to fight drugs charge
18 Oct 05 |  Middlesbrough


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