Middlesbrough youngster signs new deal following reported Newcastle and Aston Villa interest

Middlesbrough midfielder Marcus Tavernier has signed a new three-and-a-half year deal at the club following his impressive form in recent weeks.

Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 4:19 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 4:45 pm
Marcus Tavernier has signed a new contract at Middlesbrough.
Marcus Tavernier has signed a new contract at Middlesbrough.

The 20-year-old academy graduate has established himself as a first-team regular this season and has started 20 consecutive games in the Championship.

Tavernier only had 18 months left on his previous deal at the Riverside but has now signed new terms, meaning his contract won’t expire until the summer of 2023.

Premier League clubs Newcastle and Aston Villa have both been credited with interest in the midfielder, yet Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate rates the youngster highly.

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Tavernier has operated as a central midfielder and out wide this season, demonstrating the player’s versatility.

Boro have also handed out seven league debuts to academy graduates this season and are keen to keep hold of their talented youngsters.

Left-back Hayden Coulson signed a new contract last month while Aynsley Pears and Djed Spence are set to be offered new deals.