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By ESPN Staff

US star Onyewu turns down Middlesbrough offer

USA international Oguchi Onyewu has turned down an offer from Middlesbrough, preferring instead to stay at Belgian club Standard Liege.

The 24-year-old defender was close to a move to the Barclays Premiership club after impressing as an ever-present during his country's World Cup campaign this summer.

Onyewu, who has two years to run on his Standard contract, said: 'I had a nice offer from them [Boro]. I spoke with the coaches, and there was an immediate click.

'The financial picture was good too, but I did not want to sign there. A few details in the contract kept me from signing.'

Instead, he will stay at Liege for the time being.

'I have made the decision to stay here at least until the winter break,' he told Belgian press.

'I did not go to the World Cup to earn a contract somewhere else; I did it to get more experience.

'I am still in Liege and I will do my utmost here. I told the coach that he could even use me as a central striker if needed.'