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Fan favourite Juninho hails Middlesbrough link

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Former fan favourite Juninho Paulista has hailed the new friendship between Ituano and English Championship side Middlesbrough.

Juninho travelled to Teesside to link up with his old club and formed a partnership between the two clubs which saw two players move on loan to England.

"Since we started the work to recover and modernise Ituano, I thought about getting both clubs closer," Juninho told Terra.

"When I played a commemorative game [at Middlesbrough], they showed interest in having a partnership deal with Ituano.

"I wanted to improve Ituano's structure first, sort out the youth setup and establish a more solid situation so that I could get this project moving forward.

"Now, after [football director] Thiago Cruz went to England, the partnership has been agreed and two players went to Middlesbrough on trial."

Juninho is insistent he wants the deal to be long-term: "It's only the beginning of this partnership, I'm very confident.

"There is a big respect from Middlesbrough and they think the same way I run Ituano. I think it will be beneficial for both sides."

Source: Football 365

 
 

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