Woody unsure over future
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jonathan Woodgate admits he is firmly in the dark over where his club future lies.
Jonathan Woodgate admits he is firmly in the dark over his club future after being forced to dismiss claims that he has sealed a permanent move to Middlesbrough.
Real Madrid seemingly brought the curtain down on the defender's time at the Bernabeu by wishing Woodgate well in the 'new stage of his sporting career' after claiming a deal had been struck with Boro earlier in the week.
However the former Newcastle man - who made his international comeback against Spain on Wednesday - insists he remains a Real player and that the conflict of opinion has left him in something of a muddle.
"I have not got a clue. I have got a contract with Madrid and all this stuff comes out and I have not got a clue what is happening," said Woodgate.
"I have got a contract at Madrid and I will see what happens at he end of the season and see where I go in the summer.
"They agreed a fee with Middlesbrough at the start of the season, but then it all came out saying I was going.
"I have not been transferred. I am a Real Madrid player and I am on loan at Middlesbrough.
"We will see what happens at the end of the year and I will take a decision then."
Reflecting on his first England cap for almost three years at Old Trafford, Woodgate was pleased to appear for his country again despite allowing David Villa to cross for Andres Iniesta to convert the only goal of the game.
"I could have a done a lot better on the goal. I set myself high standards, but apart from that, I thought I did okay in the game," Woodgate added.
"But it was a mistake and obviously you are judged.
"It was great to pull the shirt on after a long absence. It has been well-documented about my injury problems, so it was great to pull the shirt on again."
Boro chairman Steve Gibson also welcomed Woodgate's return to the international arena and pledged to do everything in his power to keep the defender at The Riverside.
"It was a proud moment for me, it was a proud moment for everybody at Middlesbrough," Gibson told the BBC.
"We will work our socks off to keep Jonathan at this football club."