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Thursday 18 January 2018

Aitor Karanka: Middlesbrough are back where they belong

Aitor Karanka was emotional after the final whistle
Aitor Karanka was emotional after the final whistle

Aitor Karanka said Middlesbrough were back where they belonged after guiding the Teessiders back to the Premier League.

Boro clinched their return to the top flight after a seven-year exile courtesy of a 1-1 draw against Brighton, which guaranteed the second automatic promotion place in the Sky Bet Championship.

Karanka, who took over at the Riverside in November 2013, said on Sky Sports 1: "(I've been manager here for) two years and a half, and two years and a half later everything has changed a lot. We couldn't be (more) proud of this group of players.

"As I've said before, this group of players, this crowd, this chairman deserves to be in the Premier League again.

"When I arrived here, sometimes they think I was crazy when I said my aim was to put this club in the Premier League again, but two years and a half later, we are in the position where this club deserves to be. Amazing."

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