Downing wants duo to sign on
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stewart Downing wants to keep playing with Jonathan Woodgate and Mark Viduka.
Stewart Downing has called on Middlesbrough to make sure that team-mates Jonathan Woodgate and Mark Viduka stay with the club beyond this season.
Woodgate is on a season-long loan from Real Madrid, whilst Viduka is out of contract at the end of the season.
Boro insist that they want both to stay and intend to offer both extensions to remain on Teesside and Downing is keen to see them remain.
"For me to the two of them have to stay," Downing said.
"I don't know what's happening with Woody contract-wise but I know he's happy.
"He's been doing well and he's been injury-free, which is probably a big thing for him.
"Mark's out of contract in the summer as well, but as you have seen this season, there are times when he's been absolutely unplayable. If we lose him to will be someone else's gain."
Downing himself insists he is fully committed to life on Teesside, despite the fact he continues to be linked with a move away from the club.
"I've still got four years left on my contract," said Downing.
"I want to be loyal to that because I want us to win something and achieve things in those four years.
Tottenham have been continually linked with a bid, but the England wide-man says he never really considered moving to White Hart Lane.
"That's why I don't find the Spurs talk unsettling," he said.
"That was one of things that the manager spoke to me about and he was totally honest and open. He told me that bids had been made, but I told him I was quite happy to stay here," he said.
"At the moment I'm happy here and I don't see any reason to move. This isn't the right time to move because I still have unfinished business here at Middlesbrough.
"I've only been a regular for two-and-a-half-years. I'm still building and getting experience with Middlesbrough and I haven't won anything yet."