Middlesbrough midfielder Gaston Ramirez isn’t on his way out of the Championship club just yet after turning down Real Betis’ initial contract offer, reports ABC de Sevilla.
The 26-year-old moved to the Riverside Stadium only last year following a fine loan spell at the rear end of the 2015/16 campaign, in which the Uruguay international scored seven goals in just 18 Championship games to help Aitor Karanka’s side reach the Premier League.
Yet the midfielder had minimal influence in their top-flight campaign last term, netting just twice in 24 league matches, before failing to make any of their final four matchday squads to suggest that his time at the North East club was coming to an end.
And it certainly appeared that way earlier in the week when reports emerged that La Liga outfit Real Betis were set to land the 26-year-old, but recent reports suggest that a deal isn’t done just yet.
A deal isn’t quite dead yet though as the Uruguayan reportedly wants to move to Betis, but it remains to be seen whether they will or are indeed able to up their offer to tempt the 26-year-old away from the Riverside Stadium.
Ultimately though, it does appear as though his time at Middlesbrough will be coming to an end this summer.
The Verdict: Gaston Ramirez played a big part in helping Boro reach the Premier League back in 2016, and although he has been set back in his quest to move on this summer, it still looks like he will indeed be leaving the club.
The Uruguayan has hardly endeared himself to the Riverside faithful in recent months given he handed in a transfer request back in January, and wasn’t overly effective in the top-flight last term either.
And with new boss Garry Monk likely to want those committed to the cause next season in the Championship, Ramirez’s past excursions at this level ultimately count for very little, so a move abroad after a testing time in England could be exactly what he needs to reinvigorate his career.
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