As reported on Gazette Live, Middlesbrough striker Martin Braithwaite has ruled out a return to Teesside.

The Middlesbrough forward is currently out on loan in La Liga with Leganes, and has enjoyed a successful spell in Spain so far. Since arriving he has scored three in his first seven games, including against Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Braithwaite joined Middlesbrough from Toulouse in the summer of 2017, but failed to make a huge impression, arguably not justifying his £9 million transfer fee. He has also been shipped out on loan before his move to Leganes materialised, signing for Bordeaux on a short-term loan in January last year.

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“I’m not coming back to Middlesbrough, I can’t imagine that,” he said in an interview with the Danish press.

Braithwaite originally signed under previous boss Garry Monk, and felt the change of management meant his football career lies away from Teesside.

“The project I was presented with at Middlesbrough changed completely when Pulis arrived. He has a strange way to play football. The team plays defensively with long balls. It’s really kick and rush. It doesn’t look so good to me.

“It’s the reason I didn’t play much at Middlesbrough but I never complained. I worked hard and tried to maintain the good mood every day in the (training) workout.

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“No matter how negative things look, it’s about working hard and being positive, because suddenly you get a second chance, an option where things can change quickly.

With Boro supposedly strapped for cash, given their parachute payments have expired, and heavy spending under Monk, Braithwaite’s decision to leave the club may be a silver lining for the North-East club.


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