Arsenal defender Calum Chambers has revealed he started nurturing the idea of leaving the Emirates last season.
The defender recently joined Middlesbrough until the end of the season and he has now revealed he started thinking of leaving the Emirates towards the end of last season.
The defender has hailed his move to the Teeside and is hoping to return to the Emirates as a better player.
“There’s a buzz around the place and it’s exciting to be here,” Chambers said.
“Middlesbrough is a great club, with great history.
“I’m a passionate player, enthusiastic, and positive on the pitch – I want to come here, play as many games as possible, and do as well as I can for myself and the club.
“It [the move] was something that I had thought about towards the end of last season.
“We gave it a lot of thought, but when Middlesbrough came up it was all quite quick.
“I’m excited to show everyone at Boro what I can do.
“He [Karanka] told me I would enjoy the training, the style of play, and that it’s a great bunch of lads.
“I already know Gaston [Ramirez] from Southampton and [Ben] Gibson from England.
“He’s a great manager and I’m looking forward to working under him.”
Chambers joined Arsenal in 2014 for £16m but has struggled to break into the club’s first team, making just 59 appearances in all competitions for the club.