I am not looking to leave Middlesbrough, insists McManus

The Scotland international is aware that he will spend next season on the fringes of the squad but, despite no assurances that he will play, he will not be forced out

Middlesbrough defender Stephen McManus has insisted that he will only leave the club on his terms, despite manager Tony Mowbray admitting that he will not be handed a prominent role in the first-team next season.

The cent-back, who signed from Celtic in 2010, was shipped out on loan to Bristol City towards the end of the last campaign after struggling to cement a starting berth at the Riverside Stadium.

And, with the recent arrival of Jonathan Woodgate from the Premier League side Stoke City, it now seems even more likely that McManus will be surplus to requirements - but the 29-year-old is adamant that he will only leave the club on his terms.

"I had a good chat with the manager at the end of the season and a few of the lads will need to be moved on. But I'll only be going if it's right for me," he told the Sunday Mail.

"I've enjoyed my spell at Middlesbrough, although it has been disappointing that we haven't made it to the Premiership. But we'll give it another go this season.

"There's not a great gulf between the teams so no team should be ruled out from getting up. But one or two clubs will throw more money at it than the rest and that should give them an advantage."

McManus, who made his name at Celtic and won three SPL titles in the process, believes he still has a lot to offer and admits that he could be tempted by a move abroad.

He added:  "I believe there is more to come, as a central defender I should be entering the best two or three years of my career.

"Davie Weir is the perfect role model. He played until he was 41 and that is an inspiration to every footballer.

"I've really enjoyed it in England but I have an ambition to play abroad. Whether it's Holland, Germany, Portugal or America, I'd look at any option."