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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 February 2008, 13:36 GMT
Downing signs new Boro contract
Stewart Downing
Tottenham were rumoured to be interested in signing Downing
Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing has finally signed a new five-year contract with the Premier League Club.

The 23-year-old, who had over two years remaining on his previous deal, had been linked with a move to Tottenham during the January transfer window.

Downing's decision to stay with his hometown club comes as a major boost to manager Gareth Southgate.

It was feared that Downing may leave the club in pursuit of European football.

606: DEBATE

But speaking last week Downing revealed that the arrival of 12m striker Afonso Alves in January convinced him to stay at the Riverside.

"I had told the club I didn't want to stand still. Signing Alves shows how ambitious we are," he said.

"This is where I want to be. The chairman [Steve Gibson] has proved again just how much he wants this club to go forward."

SEE ALSO
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31 Jan 08 |  Middlesbrough
Southgate cool on Alves dispute
03 Feb 08 |  Middlesbrough
Southgate wants Downing to stay
17 Jan 08 |  Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough say duo are staying
19 Dec 07 |  Middlesbrough
Downing not for sale, insist Boro
18 Jun 07 |  Middlesbrough
Downing facing three months out
02 Sep 05 |  Middlesbrough
Boro fight back in Downing battle
26 Aug 06 |  Tottenham Hotspur


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