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Ex-Middlesbrough ace snubs Premier League advances

digard.jpgThe Football Transfer Tavern is really getting into the swing of things heading towards deadline day at the end of the month with huge transfers possibly on the horizon.

The Premier League could have a different looking landscape when the season kicks off on August 17th, however one player who won’t be gracing the English top flight is French star Didier Digard.

Sky Sports report that the former Middlesbrough man has snubbed the chance to return to England instead agreeing to pen a new long-term contract at Nice.

Fulham were thought to be interested in the Le Havre youth product but manager Martin Jol will have been left disappointed with the news while Reading also showed interest last season.

The former Paris Saint-Germain man revealed: “I never had so many offers, coming from everywhere: Italy, England, Spain, Turkey and Greece. I could have played in the Champions League and doubled my wages.

“But there are things you can’t buy. At Nice I have complete well-being, and I have never blossomed so much. I loved life in England (at Middlesbrough), but here it is even better.”

The 27-year-old had his first taste of England football before having played at ‘Boro for three seasons while they were in the Premier League and there were rumours that he could make a summer return.

However he still believes to have unfinished work with the French side, adding: “My first idea has always been to stay at Nice. But I needed to think about it. It was interesting to listen to other words, see other projects.

“At a certain time, I even thought it could be good to leave after finishing in fourth position in Le Championnat. But the chairman and the coach convinced me there are still a lot of exciting things to achieve here. I thought I was fine here and staying was the thing I wanted the most.”

Fulham fans. Is missing out on Digard really that big a deal? After all, you’ve just landed Taarabt… Let us know your thoughts below.

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