Fan favourite Juninho hails Middlesbrough link
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