MIDDLESBROUGH misfit Didier Digard has completed a permanent move to Nice for an undisclosed fee.
Digard’s transfer to the French top flight outfit comes as no surprise – the midfielder has spent the last one and a half seasons on loan at the club, making 36 appearances.
Such was the esteem the 25-year-old was held in, he was made captain by Nice last season.
Boro signed Digard from Paris St Germain in the summer of 2008 by the then boss, Gareth Southgate.
A holding midfielder, Digard looked a decent acquisition and was a good passer of the ball.
But the Frenchman, while talented, was also injury-prone and missed a number of matches.
He made 32 league appearances for Boro, with his only goal coming in a 5-1 Carling Cup victory over Yeovil in August 2008.
Digard is the fourth high-profile Boro departure in recent weeks after player of the year Julio Arca left the Riverside following the end of his contract, Hartlepool-born defender Andrew Taylor joined Cardiff and Kris Boyd signed for Turkish side Eskisehirspor.
Boro were in action today at Darlington in their first domestic friendly.