Fabio on future return to Brazil, life in England and plans to extend Boro contract

Boro fan favourite Fabio has revealed his plans to sign a new contract which will keep him at the club until 2020.

The fiery full-back told Globo Esporte (article translated by Sport Witness) of his plans to remain at the Riverside until he is 30 and also expressed the desire to finish his career at boyhood club Botafogo.

Fabio applauds the travelling Boro fans at full time against Bristol City. (Image: Mark Kerton / PA)

“Botafogo always gets me,” he said. “I’m Botafogo and my dream is to play for Botafogo. I plan on making a three-year contract, staying up to 30 years old (at Middlesbrough). Then I want to play for Botafogo and end my career there.

“Of course Rafael and I have the dream of playing together, yes. We play in similar roles on the wing, but suddenly I move to midfield,” he joked. “But we have this dream of playing together for Botafogo.

“It makes me sad to see how Brazil is now. If the country was better, both politically and violently, perhaps I would have returned some time ago.

Fabio celebrates his goal against Brentford. (Image: Reuters)

“The quality of life is good here in England, but it has the cold, always raining; there are few things to do. I’m very active, I like the beach, to play footvolley, to go out with friends.

“I want to go back to Brazil. My opinion has changed several times so I don’t know if I would go back now. Four months ago I was thinking a lot about going back. Today, I already think another way.”

Fabio has endeared himself to the Boro faithful with his tenacious style of play, and comments on club icon Juninho will only help further his rapport with the fans.

“Juninho is Pelé to them. I’m not exaggerating,” he said. “He is the greatest idol in Middlesbrough’s history. That’s what Zico is like for Flamengo. The guys talk about Juninho here all the time, it’s impressive. I didn’t know it was that big.

Middlesbrough legend Juninho in action against Wimbledon. (Image: Action Images)

“I don’t know if it’s because I’m Brazilian too, but the fans like me very much. I can’t complain about that. In Cardiff, too. Even in Manchester, even without playing much, the fans always liked me a lot.”

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