Valencia target Aitor Karanka wants Middlesbrough FC stay

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Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has quashed rumors linking him with a move to Spanish La Liga side Valencia

Middlesbrough most certainly took a leap of faith by appointing Aitor Karanka as manager back in 2013 despite the Spaniard having no experience of managing in England.

As it has turned out though, one could argue that the gamble as paid off as Middlesbrough have made steady progress since his arrival to the Riverside Stadium and the former Real Madrid man is well on course to leading Boro back into the Premier League this season.

Given the fine job he has conducted, it has been no surprise whatsoever in seeing a host of clubs expressing their interest in acquiring the services of Karanka and it was recently reported that Spanish side Valencia had identified the 42-year old as the ideal replacement for Gary Neville.

Karanka does not want Valencia move

However, Karanka has quickly gone on to quash the speculation linking him with a move to Valencia and has reiterated his commitment to Middlesbrough by stating that he would not have signed a new four year contract with the Championship side in the first place if he wanted to leave.

Karanka said, “My first reaction was to smile, the second was it was reported that Valencia were interested because of my connection with Jorge Mendes.

“I’ve never been in touch with him since I arrived here. The last time I spoke with him was more than two years ago. That was funny. There is nothing in it for me because my head is here at Middlesbrough. I am already in the best place to work.

“If I was thinking of other places I wouldn’t have signed a new contract. I would have finished this season and I would have been free at the end of this season. I signed (for) four years here because I want to be here, my family is happy here, and I want to stay here. I have said always that I am in the right place to be. I want to fulfill the targets I had in my mind when I moved to Middlesbrough.

“We are in a better position than we were in my first season, last season we were in a better position than we were in my first season. For that reason I just have to keep going and take it step-by-step, hopefully one day we will play in the Premier League.”

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