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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 May 2007, 21:43 GMT 22:43 UK
Boateng pledges to stay at Boro
Middlesbrough midfielder George Boateng
Boateng was a 5m signing from Aston Villa in 2002
George Boateng has committed himself to Middlesbrough, amid reports that newly-promoted Birmingham could target the midfielder.

The 31-year-old, who joined Boro in 2002, says he wants to see out the remaining two years of his contract.

"I am happy here. I appreciate what the club has done for me," he said.

"Whether my name has been mentioned to other clubs, I am very loyal. Unless I am told different, I will be here as long as my contract is running."

Speaking to Boro's official website, Boateng added: "I met Birmingham manager Steve Bruce two seasons ago on holiday. We had a little chat - not about football.

"He is a nice man and I have to respect his view, but once more, I am happy here."

Boateng was made captain by new Boro boss Gareth Southgate but he endured a difficult season until finding his form in recent weeks.

But he said: "I am delighted to be the captain - it is a big honour - and if I am appreciated for what I do for the club, then there will be no changes."

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