, Journalist offers Middlesbrough boost over key man’s future amid transfer interest

Journalist offers Middlesbrough boost over key man’s future amid transfer interest

Middlesbrough defender Rav van den Berg will stay at the club this summer unless a ‘silly offer’ comes in, reporter Graeme Bailey believes.

Middlesbrough added Dutch starlet van den Berg to their ranks last summer. He had broken through with PEC Zwolle before his switch to Teesside and at only 19, he’s become an important player for Michael Carrick.

He has played 33 times across all competitions this season, operating as both a centre-back and right-back.

Van den Berg is under contract until the summer of 2027 but amid his impressive displays, Premier League clubs have been eyeing him. Reports claimed Everton, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Brentford, Bournemouth and Brighton have all been keeping tabs on the Middlesbrough ace in recent weeks.

Now though, reporter Graeme Bailey has delivered his verdict on the matter.

Speaking with Boro News, Bailey said that while the interest is there, he doesn’t see van den Berg moving on this summer unless a ‘silly offer’ comes in. And, he doesn’t see that coming to fruition. He said:

“On van den Berg, he’s attracting interest. It’s not a huge shock, he’s playing well. I don’t think he’ll leave this summer unless it’s a silly offer, which I don’t see coming, particularly.

“He’s got his feet on the ground. There’s a reason he chose Middlesbrough ahead of a few other clubs in the first place. He wanted to play football. He’s still a teenager, so I think he’s a good year away from be ready for that [a move].”

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Only time will tell just how van den Berg’s situation pans out amid admiring glances from elsewhere. Bailey’s words will come as a reassurance though, as the defender is prioritising playing on a regular basis and he’s been doing just that with Middlesbrough.

At only 19, there’s no rush for the Dutchman to push up the leagues. He’s widely tipped to make it to the top, so for now, he’s best off developing his game by playing week in week out for Michael Carrick’s side.

It isn’t out of the question that interest and bids come in though. Admirers could still look to tempt the Championship club into letting him go, but van den Berg seems to be at the right place at this stage in his exciting career.

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