Yannick Bolasie believes that his loan spell with Middlesbrough could help him to land move this summer.
The 32-year-old is coming to the end of his long-term deal with Everton but is set to move on after failing to appear for the Toffees in over two years.
Since the January transfer window the forward has been playing with Neil Warnock’s side, scoring two goals and creating three more in 15 appearances for the Teessiders.
Bolasie will now be focused on earning a new deal this summer, but discussing his frustrating spell with Everton, the experienced player says that his only focus is on playing regular first team football.
Speaking to The Express, Bolasie said: “If you don’t play for a considerable amount of time, it’s definitely harder.
“Where I’ve played games and shown that I’m alive and kicking, it’s put me in a better situation. It might get a bit tense if I’m in September and I haven’t found a club though. That might be when it gets a bit different.
“When I left Bristol City for Palace, I just wanted to be playing football. I didn’t care about the money I was getting or anything. I just wanted to play because I’ve always been like that, that’s just my character.
“Hence why I’ve probably killed myself going out on all of these loans from Everton, when other players might have said: ‘Actually, I’m coming back from my injury and I’ve got a five-year contract. I can sit here while I build myself up slowly’.
“But me, I’ve always wanted to play and going on loan has given me some good experiences. Obviously, no-one’s going to watch Belgian football. Nobody is going to watch Portuguese football. But I’ve played with some players who right now are killing it in the Premier League.
“I’ve managed to play and I feel good, because obviously I felt like I lost two and a half years of my career just on the injury.”
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It remains to be seen where Yannick Bolasie will be playing his football next season.
There’s no doubt that the 32-year-old impressed during his time with Middlesbrough and that will surely help him to earn a deal elsewhere.
Supporters at the Riverside Stadium will be hoping that the player will head back to Teesside, but in truth it seems increasingly unlikely that that will happen.
Bolasie will be an expensive player to sign and given that Middlesbrough are cutting costs, it would take some real negotiating to get a deal done.