Martin Braithwaite saw the humorous side of his rumour-filled summer, but insists his commitment to Boro has never wavered.
The 27-year-old was subject of much transfer talk during the window, which lead to a request to leave on the eve of its closure.
He was heavily rumoured to be a target for La Liga sides Girona and Leganes, but Boro remained firm on the forward’s future and any potential exit was blocked.
Braithwaite, though, admits he saw the funny side of the transfer rumour mill and insists he has always remained committed to Middlesbrough.
“It was a very fun period with a lot of rumours,” he told Danish publication bold.dk. “One day I had to go somewhere, and the next day I had to go somewhere else.
“It was fun to sit back and look at all the rumours when I know what suited and did not fit. I have learned a lot about the life of it.
“I have been asked to play football, and I always give 100 percent and with all the qualities I have. It has not been different since I came back to Middlesbrough.
“They needed me to play, and I’ve given them 100 percent, and it’s been a nice start to the season. We have done well.
Braithwaite’s relationship with manager Tony Pulis has frequently come under question.
But the Dane, currently on international duty, says he has the utmost respect for Pulis.
“Some things were said that are not so lucky in my opinion, but I have a nice relationship with the coach.
“I can not see why he has any reason to put me in the cold. I have performed for him and helped the team to a good location.
“At the same time he has let me play, and I also learn good things from him, so the relationship is just fine as it should be between a player and a coach.
“It’s the respect between us that is amazing.”