McClaren's Zenden hope
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steve McClaren remains anxious to find a deal to keep Boudewijn Zenden at Boro.Steve McClaren remains anxious to find a deal to keep Boudewijn Zenden at Middlesbrough.
The Dutch midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to signal his intention to pen an extension.
Zenden joined Boro on a free transfer from Chelsea last summer, after spending the previous campaign on loan at The Riverside.
But he is delaying a decision on his future until he learns whether Boro secure European football for next season.
German champions Werder Bremen are among the teams interested in the 28-year-old but Boro boss McClaren is desperate to keep Zenden on Teesside.
"He's a very intelligent lad and he will take his time over his decision," said McClaren.
"But we want him to stay here and we've made that clear.
"I wanted to sign him long term last summer. I wanted to do the same in January and I still do.
"I want him to be a big part of our future because he's been a major part of things so far."
Meanwhile, reports claim that Boro have agreed a £1.5 million deal to sign Austria international Emanuel Pogatetz in the summer.
The defender impressed McClaren while playing for Grazer AK against Boro in the Uefa Cup in February.
He is owned by Bayer Leverkusen and recently had his loan at Grazer cut short so the German club could ship him out to Spartak Moscow.
The Russian outfit have first option to capture Pogatetz permanently but reports claim that Boro have lined up a deal for the stopper.