Ben Gibson is attracting interest from the top Premier League clubs
Middlesbrough know they have no chance of hanging on to Gibson if they are relegated. And they also accept they have a major fight on their hands to keep Gibson, 24, even if they win their survival battle.
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The Teesside-born defender, nephew of chairman Steve Gibson, is less than 12 months into a five-year contract.
He is settled and in no rush to leave his hometown club after making 130 appearances for Boro since his debut six years ago.
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Gibson's rise was recognised when he was drafted in to Gareth Southgate's England squad last week and was an unused substitute in Sunday's 2-0 win over Lithuania.
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Meanwhile, Former defender Jonathan Woodgate has returned to Middlesbrough as first-team coach.