Middlesbrough’s Aden Flint has told the Northern Echo that he moved to the club because he had a better chance of playing in the Premier League with them.

Flint had been at Bristol City, a team he had been playing for since 2013 and had made over 200 appearances for. His performances at Ashton Gate had always been admired and almost as soon as he signed for them he had been linked with moves to other teams. But finally those reports came true when he completed a reported £6m move to Middlesbrough last month.

Some had wondered why Flint had moved to Middlesbrough after being at Bristol City for so long. And he has confirmed today that he moved for the reason many thought he had, he believes he has a better chance of playing in the Premier League if he is at Middlesbrough. The Boro are widely expected to be in the battle for promotion and Flint will hope to help them on their way.

He said: “My main aim is to play in the Premier League, that’s why I’ve come to Middlesbrough,”

“I want to help Middlesbrough get back to where they belong because, looking at the set-up, it’s a Premier League club. I’m ready for the challenge.

“It’s a massive club and it doesn’t belong in the Championship, it belongs in the top league. It’s well-run, with a great set-up, and we’ve got the best facilities. All of that stands us in good stead in the lead up to the season.

“It’s a relentless league and a tough division, but we’ve got a fantastic squad and if we keep working hard and putting the fitness together, we’ll be alright.”

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