Mac staying beyond this season - agent
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
MASSIMO MACCARONE'S agent has assured Middlesbrough fans that his client will be staying on Teesside for as long as the club want to keep him.
Maccarone has made a great start to his career in England with three goals in six games which has earned him rave reviews, both from domestic and foreign press alike.
Reports in Italy have already stated that some of Serie A's bigger hitters were gearing themselves for a summer raid on Boro, but the player's agent Paolo Fabbri feels they would be wasting their time as Maccarone does not want to move back to his homeland so quickly.
"He is excited because people like him," Fabbri told planetfootball.com.
"He loves the place, he has a good feeling with the fans, manager and his team-mates.
"I think he will improve more and more."
Fabbri, though, feels Maccarone still has to improve his fitness and is not yet firing at full power.
"He is not doing great, he will do much better - he will reach his peak fitness later this season."
The Italian-based agent also confirmed that Maccarone has no intentions of departing The Riverside next summer - contrary to many reports.
"He is definitely staying for more than one season," he confirmed.
"It depends on Boro, if an important teams comes in and Boro want to sell him then Massimo will not say no - but he does not want to leave and go back to Italy for two or three years."
Fabbri also denied any knowledge of reported release clauses or that any team had first refusal on his client.
"At the moment absolutely nothing, there is nothing in place as far as I know," he added.
"He is very happy and he wants to stay. It is the kind of football he likes, lots of chances.
"If Middlesbrough want to keep him he is more than happy to stay."