St Etienne defender Harold Moukoudi has admitted he would like to return to Middlesbrough at some point in the future.
Moukoudi joined ‘Boro on loan back in the January transfer window, and went on to make eight appearances in total for the Championship club, impressing with his performances.
Now return to the Riverside Stadium materialised during the summer transfer window, but it seems the 22-year-old still holds fond memories of his time with the club.
Speaking about his spell at ‘Boro in an interview with French outlet But! Football Club, Moukoudi said: “It was very useful for me. I was able to play often. I was in the last eight games before Covid. I was attracted by England and I was served all of that at Boro!
“Woodgate trusted me. He said many good things about me. Coming from an ex-international like him, it touched me. He helped me regain my trust and I thank him for it”.
Reflecting on what he liked about his experience in England, Moukoudi added: “Everything. The atmosphere. The stadiums. The game. Over there, pretty much no one sits back. It’s very attacking. Everyone can beat everyone in the Championship.
“When we welcomed Leeds, who were beating everyone, we weren’t favourites, but we only lost 1-0 after playing a great game. All the games are close. It’s vicious!”.
Indeed, it seems Moukoudi’s experiences with Middlesbrough were enough to make the prospect of a return to the club appealing for him, as when asked about a possible move back to the Riverside, the defender said: “Clearly. At either short or medium term. I loved it. Plus, it corresponds to my qualities, my characteristics”.
So far this season, Moukoudi has featured in four of St Etienne’s seven league games, and has three years remaining on his contract with the French club.
This is something that you feel will be an exciting prospect for those of a Middlesbrough persuasion.
Moukoudi was impressive during his spell at The Riverside, and could be a useful asset for ‘Boro if they were to manage to bring him back to north east, particularly given he has the potential to improve with further experience.
However, with three years remaining on his contract with St Etienne, Moukoudi is unlikely to be available on the cheap any time soon, meaning this is a deal that ‘Boro could have to bide their time over.