Jose Mourinho has told Christian Eriksen to leave Tottenham with his head held high amid reports of an imminent exit to Inter Milan.
The Denmark international's Spurs career is definitely coming to an end, it is just a case of whether it will be this month or in the summer.
Middlesbrough were unable to recover from the two early goals, though made a game of it after George Saville's 83rd-minute strike.
Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate, who scored the winning goal last time Tottenham won a trophy in 2008, was proud of his side.
"I hate getting beat," he said. "But if you gift Tottenham two goals like that is it going to be difficult.
"But I tell you what our players showed fight, desire, hunger, because you go 2-0 down you think the worst, and they didn't give up. I am proud of them."