Wanted-man Fry focused on Boro’s Premier League push

Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis expects defenders Daniel Ayala and Dael Fry to both miss the last four games of the season.

Dael Fry admits he has been flattered by the reported interest of some Premier League big boys but is desperate to play in the top-flight with Middlesbrough.

Burnley saw an £8 million bid rejected for Fry in the summer and reports this week claim Manchester City, Tottenham, Everton and Wolves are all keen on the 22-year-old Teessider.

Fry is aware of the reported interest but won’t be distracted from his main focus which is helping Boro back up under Jonathan Woodgate.

“At the moment if I’m going to play in the Premier League I want it to be with Middlesbrough,” he told Sky Sports.

“This season I’m going to give 110% to try and get in the Premier League. If not, who knows what’s going to happen. But I’m at Middlesbrough, I’m going to give 110%. If I’m going to play in the Premier League it’s going to be with Middlesbrough Football Club.”

A hamstring tear ruled him out of the end of last season and the summer’s European Under-21 Championships, but he returned to action at Bristol City in August and was handed the captain’s armband, describing the honour as “a dream come true”.

Fry, who has since played every minute for Boro, did apparently hint that he might have a decision to make on his future if his hometown club couldn’t achieve their promotion goal this season.

Boro are currently 15th in the Championship table, six points off a play-off place.

He signed a long-term contract only last summer so Woodgate could demand a huge fee if clubs came knocking again at the end of the season with the manager recently stating his belief that the defender is already worth £20 million.

Fry admitted it was flattering to be linked to clubs of the stature of Pep Guardiola’s current Premier League champions Manchester City, who are currently in the middle of a central defensive crisis.