Despite their relegation, Middlesbrough are adamant that they will be able to keep hold of one of prize asset Ben Gibson this summer.
The young defender performances this season have attracted interest from a host of Premier League clubs, including the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool.
However, the Daily Mail say that owner Steve Gibson will not sell his nephew, despite being relegated into the Championship. He apparently views his nephew as one of the key components to mounting a challenge to get back into the Premier League.
Having signed a five-year contract during the season Middlesbrough are confident that they will be able to keep hold of him.
A busy summer is ahead for the Teesside club who are keen to add to their squad without having to sell to finance this. Keeping Gibson at the club would be the biggest coup in their summer transfer market dealings.
Gibson, who has come through the academy, will have one eye on the World Cup next summer and the replication of this season’s form at a top six club would really force Gareth Southgate’s hand.
The 24-year-old adds to a plethora of young, talented English centre-backs who are coming through at the moment. Michael Keane has been a standout performer for Burnley this season and like Gibson has attracted interest from some of the best clubs in the league.
Middlesbrough will be looking to spoil Liverpool’s Champions League party on Sunday and Gibson will be hoping to impress one of his suitors once again in potentially one of his last games for the club.
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