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MID­DLES­BROUGH are on tar­get for a re­turn to the Premier League, but boss Ai­tor Karanka ad­mits Adam Clay­ton is likely to get there with or with­out the Teessiders.

Af­ter spend­ing his early days at Manch­ester City, 26-year-old Clay­ton proved his worth at Leeds be­fore be­com­ing Karanka’s mid­field gen­eral last sea­son.

“Adam is a Premier League player, but he has to keep show­ing ev­ery­one he is,” said Karanka.

“To be a Premier League player, he has to per­form there. I am sure he can play at that level.

“He is al­ways the bal­ance in the team when the spotlight is on the goal­keeper or the strik­ers.”

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PREMIER CLASS: Adam Clay­ton is the ‘bal­ance’ for Boro, says Ai­tor Karanka

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