Wheater Wants Downing To Stay!

Last updated : 05 January 2009 By Boro Mad
David Wheater: "I hope he wants to stay because being a local lad he loves the place and the club and hopefully he wants to do well.

"Are Spurs a bigger club?

"That's what you want to do in your career - play for the best clubs and win trophies - so if we don't start doing it here maybe he might want to move on in the future.

"He will obviously want to be the best he can be at football.

"It's just like someone working in an office working their way up to be a manager.

"We just want to do the best we can. But hopefully he doesn't leave yet because we need everyone scoring goals at the moment.

"Stewart Downing is a fantastic player. I see him every day in training.

"There is always going to be speculation about the best players going to the top teams but he just lets it go over his head and his agent sorts things out.

"The manager says he wants to keep our best players and that's what you have to do if you want to move up the league."