Middlesbrough boss Southgate dismisses Johnson exit talk

Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate has dismissed any rumours linking winger Adam Johnson with a move away from the Riverside Stadium.

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The 20-year old has appeared only 44 times for Boro since 2004 and has found himself loaned out over the past two seasons, to Leeds United and Watford respectively.

He had this week been linked with a transfer to UEFA Cup finalists Rangers and Championship side QPR, however, Southgate sees the wide-man as a part of his plans for next season.

He said: "Despite what has appeared in some papers we have not had a single approach from any club about Adam Johnson, we have had absolutely no contact about Adam from either Rangers or QPR, nor do we expect to have any.

"As I have made it clear, he remains a big part in my plans for the club. Adam is a fantastic talent and I do not want to see him leave. He could be very, very special and I would not want to see him play for another club."

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