STEWART DOWNING has agreed a new five year contract at Boro and is hoping to sign it on Monday. Good news for everyone.
Everyone apart from Downing's agent, Ian Elliot that is. Having painted himself into a corner by saying his boy would not sign a new deal, wanted out and would run down his contract and leave on a free then rattling the cage with talk of legal action he has made himself look a bit of a prat. He may well have forced the club back to the table with a new deal with talk of Downing exit (although they were always going to stump up) but he has burned his bridges with the very people he is supposed to be smoozing in order to get the best possible deal for his client.
And Downing has now flatly contradicted Elliott's contention that he wanted to leave and insisted the support of fans - who could quite easily have reacted vehemently after the agent's comments to just about anyone who would listen - helped persuade him to stay. He said:
“This is where I want to be. It’s my hometown club but I had told them that I didn’t want us to stand still. Signing Alves shows how ambitious we are. There’s been talk about other clubs but I never wanted out. This is what I’ve wanted all along. I’d like to thank the fans for the support they have given me. They could have really got on my back in recent weeks in response to all that was being said. But they have been great.”