Middlesbrough goalkeeper and fan-favourite Dimitrios Konstantopoulous, known as ‘Dimi’ to many, has signed a one-year contract extension until the end of next season.
The Greek-born shot stopper has enjoyed a successful spell at the club since joining in 2013 from AEK Athens. He was the number one ‘keeper as Middlesbrough reached the Play-Offs in 2015, and recorded a huge league-high number of clean sheets, achieving 20 in 40 games that season.
The following season he remained as Boro’s first-choiced goalkeeper. He helped them to go one better than the Play-Offs as the Teessiders achieved automatic promotion under Head Coach Aitor Karanka.
But when Middlesbrough reached the Premier League, Karanka brought two experienced heads through the door, with Victor Valdes and Brad Guzan signing from Manchester United and Aston Villa respectively.
The two new goalkeepers meant Dimi’s first-team chance in the Premier League never came, and he was limited to League Cup fixtures instead.
Many fans and pundits alike both called for the Middlesbrough number-one to get a chance in the first team due to previous seasons’ heroics. This was magnified due to high-profile mistakes from both goalkeepers who were signed in the summer window.
Equally, this season has saw the signing of Darren Randolph push Dimi down the pecking order, despite the sale of Guzan and Valdes. But as a much-loved player for Middlesbrough, it is no surprise to see the 39-year old extend his stay.
The one-time Greek international has even opened up his own restaurant in the town centre, and it is almost certain that he will end his career on Teesside, due to his love for the club, and the town.