Chance to play under Aitor Karanka key to Italian midfielder Diego Fabbrini signing for Middlesbrough

Celtic's Sung_Yueng Ki (front) challenges Udinese's Diego Fabbrini (right) during the UEFA Europa League match at Celtic Park
Celtic's Sung_Yueng Ki (front) challenges Udinese's Diego Fabbrini (right) during the UEFA Europa League match at Celtic Park

Diego Fabbrini has revealed the chance to play under Aitor Karanka at Middlesbrough was too good an opportunity to turn down.

The 24-year-old midfielder, comfortable playing behind the striker or on either wing, has joined the Championship side from Watford on a season-long loan.

Fabbrini spent time on loan at Milwall and Birmingham City last season.

And Boro beat Birmingham to the former Udinese man’s signature, with Fabbrini revealing the chance to play under Karanka played a huge part in his decision to move to Teesside.

Fabbrini said: “I decided to come here this season because Middlesbrough is a big club with a good history and I think this year we can do very well.

“I think the gaffer is a good man and a good coach.

“I’ve come here because it’s a big club, I like playing with good team-mates and because of the gaffer.

“I’ve settled well with my team-mates and I think there is a good group here.

“Usually I play behind the striker but it depends what the gaffer wants, because I can also play on the right and left.”

And he is keen to get started under new boss Karanka, with Boro kicking off the new season at Preston on August 9.

“I’m very happy to be here and I’m ready for the start of the new season,” said Fabbrini.

“I think Middlesbrough are a good team.

“Last year they were close to going up to the Premier League and I think now this year we must improve.”

Boro narrowly missed out on a return to the top flight last year, beaten in the Championship play-off final by Norwich City.

They are looking to make a renewed assault this season, with Fabbrini joining Tomas Kalas and Stewart Downing through the entrance door at the Riverside.