Select a Team

Prev Game: Premier League Wed 26th Apr

prev game - Middlesbrough
team 1 score team 2
M'boro 1 - 0 S'land

Next Game: Premier League Sun 30th Apr

next game - Middlesbrough
team 1 score team 2
M'boro 14:05 Man City

Bates never asked to leave

Boro skipped denies wanting to quit The Riverside

Last Updated: 07/09/11 8:25pm

  • Share:
Bates: Never asked to leave Middlesbrough amid interest from Swansea City

Bates: Never asked to leave Middlesbrough amid interest from Swansea City

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Middlesbrough captain Matthew Bates insists he never asked to leave the club as speculation mounted over his future last month.

Swansea City were keen on landing the Boro ace before the transfer window closed, but the newly-promoted Premier League side failed to strike a deal.

Bates is now in the final year of his Riverside contract and he is happy spending the campaign helping Tony Mowbray's side fight for promotion.

Denial

"I was never knocking on the gaffer's door saying I wanted to leave," said Bates.

"I knew the situation with the club, I'm in the last year of my contract and whatever was to happen would happen."

Bates, who has made 90 appearances for Boro after progressing through the club's Academy, added: "I'm here now and I'm happy with that."

  • Share:

Related

Related Profiles

Most Popular

Features

Tyler's stats: Joy at Anfield

Tyler's stats: Joy at Anfield

Who's scored the most goals for an away team at Anfield? Which teams have won by two goals with 10 men. Martin knows...

Premier League questions

Premier League questions

Who keeps their nerve in the relegation battle? Can Man Utd put the pressure on Liverpool? Six key Premier League questions...

How good is Gibson?

How good is Gibson?

Arsenal need a result on Monday against a Middlesbrough defence led by Ben Gibson that have conceded fewer goals than the Gunners.

Missing Men

Play Missing Men

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough's 3-2 defeat against Leeds in 2003