Neil Warnock has ruled out selling Dael Fry and Marcus Tavernier this summer.
Middlesbrough look bound for another season in the Championship with a play-off push now appearing like more of a dream than a reality.
That means that the Teessiders will likely face the task of rebuilding for next term – a task that will be much easier with the duo on board.
Despite being among the younger players in the squad, Fry and Tavernier have been two of Warnock’s most consistent performers this season and when quizzed about the prospect of summer interest, Warnock had a simple message for any potential suitors.
As quoted by Teesside Live, Warnock said: “I don’t think Steve Gibson would sell Dael Fry for any sort of offer.
“Steve is like me, if I’m managing here he wants me to be successful. He knows Dael Fry is a very important part of that. Clubs have had their opportunities in the past and have gone for other players.
I’ve said to Dael, ‘if you think you’re going anywhere next year forget it pal, I’m here, you’re here’.”
Discussing Tavernier, Warnock added: “I think there will be certain interest from the Premier League this summer depending on who gets promoted as well from the Championship.
“All the players know my situation, that I’m here next year, and they all know it would need to be an unbelievable offer that gets anybody out of here, because if I’m here they’re here. Tavernier is a very important player in my plans for next season.
“I had a chat with him about two months ago and I told him that I had decided to stay and that he wouldn’t be going anywhere, and he said ‘gaffer, I don’t want to go anywhere, I’m loving every minute’. I can’t ask anymore than that can I?”
“I think he’ll be playing in the Premier League not the season coming but the season after. You don’t know who with, but I think he will be playing in the Premier League that season.
“You don’t get into the Premier League with just enthusiasm, you get into the Premier League with ability.
“Tav can finish, he’s only a young lad and is still learning the trade. He’s got all the attributes that you look for. I think Premier League clubs will look for the English type of player that you can rely on and I think he fits that bill.
“He has had one or two quiet games for me but he brings so much enthusiasm that rubs off on other players, in the dressing room and on the pitch. It’s just getting him to play the ball a little bit earlier, that’s all, he still as a young lad, holds onto it that little bit more when he could create even more than he is doing.
“I love having him around, he’s full of it and it does rub off.”
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This will be music to the ears of Middlesbrough’s supporters.
Dael Fry and Marcus Tavernier are both products of the academy and so fans have a much deeper connection with the players after seeing them come through the ranks.
Both players have improved drastically this term and the hope will be that they can continue to do the same next time around.