Despite reports from the Daily Mail claiming that Middlesbrough will not be selling Ben Gibson this summer, the player himself has revealed in an interview that he wants to remain in the Premier League, as reported by Sky Sports.
The 24-year-old has played in every league match this season for Boro, and has excelled to the point his form was rewarded with an England call-up, though Gibson is yet to make his international debut for the Three Lions.
His form has seen West Ham United and Arsenal linked, according to the London Evening Standard, while the Daily Mail has claimed that Liverpool and Chelsea are also interested in the player's services.
For West Ham, Gibson would be an exceptional signing as they seek to amend this season's below average campaign, and having someone of Gibson's ability at the back would go a long way to doing so, while Liverpool will need extra depth for their European campaign, so to get a defender of this class would be exceptional for them.
It seems that one of those clubs may well get their wish, as despite Boro's tough stance, Gibson himself has declared that he wants to stay in the Premier League, but also admitted that no decision over his future had been made yet.
Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson celebrates scoring their first goal
"I'm obviously contracted to the football club and it's been a hard year for everyone, but what I would say is that since I came in when I was 10 years old, I've given my lot for the football club," Gibson said to Sky Sports.
"I think every player in the world wants to play in the Premier League, everyone wants to play at the top level, and I'm no different to that. But what I would say is that no decision has been made regarding my future as of yet."
Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson applauds fans after the game
Gibson's comments leave Boro in a rather difficult situation, and if bids of the £30m mark start coming in, they - as a Championship club - will find it incredibly difficult to turn down offers of that magnitude, meaning the player may well get his wish.
Ahead of their final Premier League match of the season away at Liverpool, Middlesbrough will finish 19th, irrespective of the final outcome, with the Teeside club being officially relegated back to the Championship a few weeks ago.