Adios Mendi?

Last updated : 29 November 2006 By FootyMad
Middlesbrough's out-of-favour midfielder Gaizka Mendieta looks set to leave the club in the January transfer window.

The 32-year-old former Spain international has struggled to make his mark during three years with Boro and has been linked with a return home to join Athletic Bilbao.

Mendieta has only featured seven times this season and hasn't played at all since the end of September.

Boro manager Gareth Southgate said: "I understand his frustrations at not being involved.

"As a senior player if he is not going to be part of the first team, we have to look to see if we can help him in some way. But I don't think I can give him the games he wants.

"At his age, I am sure he will want regular first-team football.

"There will be a few clubs alerted to the fact he's not getting a place and we'll see what happens."