Aitor Karanka responds to questions over his Middlesbrough future after exit links

The Middlesbrough manager has been linked with an exit regardless of whether they are promoted.

Aitor Karanka has given little away when asked about his future as Middlesbrough boss, as reported by the Daily Mail.

The Spanish manager has been linked with an exit from the Riverside in the summer, despite his side’s strong season.

They meet Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday in a huge clash to decide who will finish in the top two of the Championship.

It has not been a wholly perfect year for Boro though as Karanka has had a stormy relationship with his players and the club in general.

That has sparked talk of an exit regardless of if they enjoy promotion, and Karanka has fanned those flames with his latest comments.

“I don't like to say what will happen if it's this or that,” the Daily Mail reports him saying.

“The best way to answer those questions is to say that I have three more years on my contract. Just saying that is enough.”

Sacking Karanka would certainly be a surprise move from Middlesbrough if were to lead them back to the Premier League.

However, they would not be the first ones to do so, with Watford replacing Slavisa Jokanovic with Quique Sanchez Flores before the beginning of this season.

That move proved to be a wise one as they comfortably secured their survival in an impressive campaign, and perhaps Middlesbrough are hoping for similar success.

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