Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Emnes Not for Sale Insists Boro Boss

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Emnes Not for Sale Insists Boro Boss

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Byline: Matt Leslie

MARVIN Emnes is not for sale was the defiant message from Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray ahead of tomorrow's trip to Burnley. Middlesbrough resume Championship duties at Turf Moor with all eyes on Dutch striker Emnes, who has made a flying start to the season having fired seven goals in as many appearances so far. A far cry from a year ago when former boss Gordon Strachan punted the 23-yearold out on loan with his Boro career seemingly at a crossroads.

However, the player - who was signed from Sparta Rotterdam three years ago - has looked rejuvenated this season, showing a more lethal, predatory instinct which some of the Teesside faithful were wondering if he possessed.

Emnes' newly-found red-hot form not surprisingly attracted the interest of many clubs and, having been linked to various teams this summer, with Swansea being constantly mentioned, Boro fans must have feared he'd be on his way in last month's transfer window given the recent need to slash the wage bill.

But Mowbray insists that, while there was interest, no solid bids were made and even if there had been, the answer would have been a resounding 'no'.

He said: "Were there any bids for Marvin? No. Were there any enquiries? There were a few, but the bottom line is he's not for sale.

"He's just signed a four-year deal. Marvin's a lovely lad who's enjoying his life here at the moment. He wants to come to training with a smile on his face and if he stays fit and continues his high level of performance he's going to play.

"I think with Marvin, I don't think it was in my mind really (to sell him) but I think it's good that people enquire about your players.

"To get to the point where from a year ago, Marvin didn't have a squad number and was sent out on loan to have some pretty decent football clubs enquire about him is great credit to Marvin. …

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