Boateng shuns opening offer
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
George Boateng has shunned Middlesbrough's first offer of a new contract.George Boateng has shunned Middlesbrough's first offer of a new contract.
The Dutch international has just one year left on his current deal at The Riverside and wants to sign a new four-year term.
However, talks between the clubs and his representatives have not gone well.
"The club have spoken to my advisers and they've offered a contract that in my opinion is well away," he said.
"We're far apart from what I think I should get and what they want to give me.
"It's now up to the club to show they want me.
"I have no problems here, I'm happy at Middlesbrough.
"I would like to extend my contract for four more years. I'm 29 now and signing a new deal would take me through to 33 and then I will review my future."
Meanwhile, Joseph-Desire Job is back with the club after talks with West Ham United broke down.
"The talks broke down over length of contract," confirmed his agent Barry Silkman.
On the injury front, Boro have confirmed that Szilard Nemeth will not play for three weeks.
The Slovakian injured his ankle against Liverpool in the opening day clash at The Riverside and will now be sidelined until September.
The injury also means that he is out of Slovakia's World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein.