Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray fears he is losing the battle to keep defender David Wheater. The player’s contract is up in the summer and Liverpool, Tottenham and Fulham have been linked with the player. Mowbray confirmed there was interest from Premier League clubs to the Evening Gazette:
“I think there are envious eyes watching David. Premier League clubs courting your players is generally not a bad thing because it means you have got a good team. At this moment my preference would be to tie him up to a long contract, but we wait and see how that unwinds over the next few months. The frustrating think is he’s got so little time left on his contract, otherwise he’s a real rock, a foundation we can build the club on. What our supporters need to know is that our desire, our wish, is that David signs a long-term contract and stays here. But sometimes the reality is that, where we are at the moment, if bigger fish come along and are courting David then we have to look at all aspects of where we stand and make the best decision for the football club.
23 year old Wheater has already made 131 league appearances for the Championship club.
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