Karanka confirms Konstantopulos or Mejias will leave this summer

Boro now have four goalkeeper on their books following the arrivals of Victor Valdes and Brad Guzan

Karanka confirms Konstantopulos or Mejias will leave this summer
Dimi Konstantopulos was Boro's first choice last season (Picture from Sky Sports)

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has confirmed that either Dimi Konstantopulos or Tomas Mejias will leave the club this summer.

The two goalkeepers both played a part last campaign, in which Boro were promoted to the Premier League, with 38-year-old Konstantopulos playing every game in the league and Mejias taking the lead role in the cup competitions.

However following the arrivals of ex-Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes and Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan, the pair appear to have been bumped down the pecking order at the Riverside - and Karanka has confirmed that one will depart in the near future.

No need for four keepers

The Boro boss admitted to the Gazette after Saturday’s 3-1 pre-season friendly victory over Aston Villa that: "a team doesn't need four keepers."

"The keeper is a different position but I don't want to stay with four. I don't think it's good for me and for us, and I don't think it's good for the keepers,” he added.

The Boro boss wasn’t clear whether it would be the 27-year-old Mejias or Konstantopulos who would move on, and didn’t specify whether Boro were holding out for a permanent or loan deal.  

Dimi has been reliable in the Championship 

Konstantopulos was named on the bench at Villa Park and has been Boro’s first choice shot stopper for the past two seasons in the Championship.

Since he arrived from AEK Athens in 2013, the Greek veteran has fought off competition to secure the number one jersey and many fans will believe that he at least deserves a chance in the top flight.

Konstantopulos has made 104 appearances for Boro and last campaign he kept an impressive 22 clean sheets - which was more than other keeper in the Championship. He also broke a 30-year-old club record in January by not conceding a goal for nine consecutive games.

Mejias has shone in the cups 

Tomas Mejias celebrates saving a penalty against Manchester United
Tomas Mejias celebrates saving a penalty against Manchester United (Picture from Eurosport) 

Mejias, too, has some fond memories in a Boro shirt following his arrival two years ago.

The Spaniard’s most eye-catching performances have come in the cup competitions- most notably in Manchester.

Last campaign he was the hero in a penalty shoot-out as Boro memorably knocked Manchester United out of the Capital One Cup at Old Trafford.

The season before Mejias made a number of impressive saves when Boro ended Manchester City’s FA Cup hopes at the Etihad Stadium.