Mendi eyes Boro stay
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Spanish schemer Gaizka Mendieta is looking to see out his contract at Middlesbrough.
Spanish schemer Gaizka Mendieta is looking to see out his contract at Middlesbrough before bringing the curtain down on his career on home soil.
Mendieta has endured highs and lows on Teesside, as he helped the club lift their first trophy in their history in 2004 before picking up a serious knee injury later in the same year.
The midfielder, who turns 32 on Monday, has battled back from injury to reclaim his place in Steve McClaren's plans and is looking to repay the club's faith in him by honouring the final two years of his contract.
"I have two years left on my contract; I would be happy to see it out," said the former Lazio and Valencia man. "A lot can happen in two years. I think I will be back home in two years' time."
Mendieta would appear to have put down roots in the North East, as he added: "It feels like home now. It is my third year here, it is a long time to be in one place and I feel settled."
Mendieta could be joined at The Riverside by a fellow countryman, as reports suggest McClaren has trained his sights on Alaves star Enrique De Lucas.
With Alaves struggling towards the foot of the Liga table, the 27-year-old former Chelsea man could depart in the summer and he is being linked with a move to Boro.
George Boateng's future is a hot topic of debate at present, with Milan linked with the powerful Dutchman, and team-mate James Morrison has urged the midfielder to remain on Teesside.
"We'd all like George to stay," said Morrison. "His influence showed when he wasn't in the team, as we weren't getting results.
"I'm not surprised at all to see him being linked with clubs like Milan. He will be a big asset if he stays."