Downing Will Be Playing In Premiership Next Season!

Last updated : 05 March 2009 By Boro Mad

Long-standing admirers Tottenham finally looked poised to land the England winger before Boro dug their heels in and persuaded him to stay put.

Southgate: "We couldn't afford to let him go and are just enjoying him being with us.

"We had to spend a lot of time talking things through but I was prepared to do that because he is a smashing kid and a pleasure to work with.

"The reality is in the summer we will have to talk again but he's playing in an environment where he's enjoying his football."

Whatever happens between now and the summer ... Downing will be playing Premiership football next season ... if Boro stay up (or not!).