Woody won't rush decision
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jonathan Woodgate insists he will not make a decision on his future until June.
Jonathan Woodgate insists he will not make a decision on his future until the end of the season.
Real Madrid revealed on Monday that they had agreed a deal to sell the centre-half to Middlesbrough in the summer.
Woodgate is currently on loan at The Riverside and the Premiership club are determined to persuade the player to stay.
But the former Newcastle United stopper says Real's announcement only restates an arrangement that was in place at the start of his loan spell.
And though Boro are anxious to seal Woodgate's long-term future, the player is keeping an open mind about his situation.
"The price for any permanent transfer between Real Madrid and Middlesbrough was agreed in August," said Woodgate, in a statement on Sky Sports News.
"Nothing has changed.
"I have spoken to (Boro chief executive) Keith Lamb this evening and, as planned, will make a decision on my future in June."