Middlesbrough secure future of highly-rated England U20 international
Middlesbrough have extended the contract of highly-rated youngster Marcus Tavernier.
The 20-year-old has emerged as one of the surprise breakout stars of the season.
The England Under-20 ace has been a constant feature in the first team, making 26 appearances in all competitions so far.
Tavernier signed a three year deal and Jonathan Woodgate expressed his delight in securing the attacker for the long-term future.
"He was a player I was keen to get tied up as soon as we could," he said.
Tavernier had been trusted this season by Woodgate and the playmaker has repaid his manager.
Capable of playing as a winger or in the number 10 position, Tavernier has become a fans favourite. He is also pacey with excellent dribbling skills and has the ability to spot movements within the box with his incisive passing.
Tavernier had earlier in January been linked with a move away from the club with the likes of West Ham, Aston Villa and Newcastle United monitoring his progress.
Boro fans are hopeful that his good form can continue in the second half of the season and lead his club to the playoffs.
Boro still have a host of players in the last few months of their existing contracts, which includes Daniel Ayala, Djed Spence and George Friend.
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Spence appears to be the next on the list, with talks happening between his representatives and Boro regarding a new deal.