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Middlesbrough resigned to losing Downing

Sky Sports News reports that relegated Middlesbrough have bowed to the inevitable and granted Stewart Downing permission to leave the club, while goalkeeper Ross Turnbull has requested a transfer. Downing is currently recovering from a broken foot, but he still looks set for a transfer.

Chief executive Keith Lamb admits that individuals will be leaving, saying: "There will be people leaving, that is inevitable, but they will only be leaving if it is in the best interests of Middlesbrough football club.

"But I feel the squad needs refreshing. I think everybody accepts you need a squad to get you out of the Championship and another team to keep you in the Premier League. The gap is that wide."

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