Negredo ‘very happy’ at Boro

Alvaro Negredo has claimed he is enjoying life on loan at Middlesbrough and he hopes to continue playing in England beyond the current season.

The 31-year-old joined the North-East club on a season-long loan from Valencia and has netted five times in 16 appearances for Aitor Karanka’s side, having previously played in the league for Manchester City.

"I'm very happy here, I'm enjoying myself. I'm playing and that is what I wanted,” Negredo told Cadena Ser radio.

"I needed to play again. I didn't have continuity at Valencia and now I have it here.

"Besides, I knew the Premier League so it hasn't been difficult to adapt."

Negredo had left England in 2014 to join Valencia on an initial loan deal that later became permanent but only started 12 La Liga fixtures last season which helped hasted his temporary exit and he believes Los Che are underperforming this campaign.

"It's a very complicated situation," Negredo continued. "They are going through a very difficult time. I know what they are going through as I experienced that last year.

"We struggled and the results didn't go our way. They have made changes and the situation is the same.

"Valencia are accustomed to fighting for European qualifying places and not to be battling against relegation as other teams are."

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