Downing admits ambitions beyond Middlesbrough

Stewart Downing admits he has ambitions beyond Middlesbrough.

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The England winger said: 'Maybe one day I'll move on, go to a bigger club. That would be good but I'm happy here at the moment. We're not going to spend £30million or £40m on a player but we can challenge the top clubs. It still means a lot to play for Middlesbrough.

"The bookies have us down to finish near the bottom? That's the bookies for you, isn't it? Have they ever played football? The bookies can say what they want. We don't have the money to spend like some of the top clubs do but I'm sure they are all looking at us and thinking: 'We wish we had their Academy and the youth coming through that they have'.

"Manchester United produced a crop of players. I know it was a long time ago but it always happens now and then. With a few experienced lads, a few buys and a few youngsters coming through, we could have a good group of lads."

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