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Recently released Middlesbrough man considering retirement ahead of new season

Middlesbrough allowed three first-team defenders to leave the club this summer, with Lee Peltier, Neil Taylor, and Sol Bamba all not offered new contracts.

Middlesbrough signed the trio last season but manager Chris Wilder is looking to go in a different direction for the upcoming campaign.

The Teessiders are wanting to revamp their squad and it is expected there will be plenty of incomings and outgoings in the coming weeks.

Peltier, Taylor, and Bamba will all become free agents at the end of this month, and the latter has been weighing up his options on whether to carry on playing at all.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the 37-year-old stated that if he was to continue on the pitch, something would have to materialise soon.

“There are a few options here and there, I’m just thinking about it at the minute,” said Bamba.

“But I want to get back in, because obviously pre-season starts for clubs and the fixtures have been released.”

He went on to say that he is considering retirement and making a permanent move into coaching. When at Middlesbrough he was serving a dual role of player and a coach, something which he would like to take up again if the offer came around.

“I’m not sure if I’m going to carry on or not. If I do I need to go back in as soon as possible, so the next couple of weeks I will make a decision, whether I’m back playing or start as a coach.

“[A player-coach role] would be ideal, that’s what I’m looking at at the minute.

“I just have to see what is best for me to develop my career as a coach, because I want to learn. I’m more at the end than the beginning so I want to focus on the coaching, and if I can carry on playing a couple of games I’d be happy to do so.”

Having arrived at the Riverside on a free transfer following the expiry of his contract at his previous club Cardiff City, Bamba went on to play 29 games in all competitions for Boro, starting 20.

During that time he helped the club to a seventh placed finish in the Championship, narrowly missing out on a place in the play-offs on the final day.

He also helped his side to progress to the quarter finals of the FA Cup, scoring a penalty in the shootout win over Manchester United in the process.

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