Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has committed his future to Middlesbrough by signing a new four-year deal.
Delighted Boro chairman Steve Gibson has revealed there has been interest in the Spaniard from other clubs in this country and abroad so he was delighted to secure his future.
Gibson told the Evening Gazette: “This is massive statement of the commitment Aitor has to this club.
“For me this is probably the most important signing we will make all summer.
“We know that there has been interest in Aitor over the past year or so from clubs both here and abroad and rightly so because he is a very, very good manager.
“When that speculation has arisen he has always been quick to say that he is happy here and working in the best place.
“Signing this new four deal underlines that quite clearly.
“It gives us a lot of stability going into the new season and the coming years,” added Boro’s chairman.
Karanka arrived at the Riverside in November 2013 after Tony Mowbray was sacked, with the side struggling in the Championship.
Last season was his first full season in charge and Boro narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League, beaten by Norwich City in the Play-Off final at Wembley.
Boro have re-grouped over the summer and made a big signal of intent with the signing of former West Ham United winger Stewart Downing, who returned to his native North East in a deal worth £5m.