Real Madrid have denied reaching an agreement with Middlesbrough over the transfer of defender Jonathan Woodgate.
Woodgate joined Middlesbrough on a year-long loan deal from Real in August 2006 and Madrid had claimed an agreement between the clubs over a permanent deal had been reached.
However, Real’s sporting director Predrag Mijatovic has now said they are only hoping to make the deal permanent.
“Until everything’s signed I can’t say it has been completed,” said Mijatovic.
Real are believed to want a fee from Boro in the region of £7m but Woodgate, whose form this season has earned a recall to the England squad, has admitted he is in the dark over any move.
“I don’t know whether Madrid want me or not,” he told Spanish daily As. “That’s the first thing that needs sorting out.”
“The price for any permanent transfer between Real Madrid and Middlesbrough was agreed in August,” said Woodgate, in a statement on Sky Sports News.
“Nothing has changed.
“I have spoken to (Boro chief executive) Keith Lamb this evening and, as planned, will make a decision on my future in June.”