Mac happy to stay at Boro
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Middlesbrough striker Massimo Maccarone has revealed to Skysports.com that he is happy to stay at The Riverside despite interest from several Italian clubs.
A number of Italian sides are keen to sign the hit-man on loan for the rest of the season, but Maccarone is happy to stay on Teesside as long as the club want him.
"What is true is that I know there are few Italian teams who are looking at me," Maccarone told Skysports.com. "I know this. But I want to stay here.
"Then, if my club will tell me that I'm not in their plans, it would be a different thing."
The former Empoli star has struggled to establish himself as a regular this season due to a series of injuries, but he is hopeful of getting an extended run in the side.
"I'm happy to stay here, if I play. Otherwise, I repeat, if my club will consider this possibility, I'm disposable to come back to Italy on loan for six months."
Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren has denied that he is ready to let Italian star Massimo Maccarone leave The Riverside Stadium.
The international striker had himself admitted that a loan deal could be the best option for him, but McClaren has now stated that Maccarone will not move.
"There are no plans to allow Massimo to move on anywhere else, either permanently or temporarily," said McClaren.
It had been suggested by Maccarone and his agent that a loan move back to Italy would be the most beneficial option for both parties.
However, McClaren now seems intent on having Maccarone at The Riverside - although Boro are looking at other transfer targets and may allow him to leave if they bring in sufficient cover.