Ben Gibson, one of the most coveted defenders outside of the Premier League, has committed his future to Middlesbrough by signing a new five-year contract.
When Boro suffered relegation from the top-flight last season many pundits expected Gibson to leave the club, with several suitors willing to ensure he retained his platform at the top-table.
But despite Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City being linked with Gibson, the 24-year-old stayed at the Riverside Stadium and has now pledged his future to the club until 2022.
“I’m delighted to sign a new contract,” he said on the official club website. “I’ve been lucky enough to go on and play for the club, and even captain the team, and I’ve had some amazing experiences here.”
Gibson progressed through the ranks at the Riverside Stadium club, and his performances last season were rewarded when he was called up to the senior England squad in March.