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Ambitious George Saville left Millwall for Middlesbrough to take his career to the next level.

The midfield man joined on deadline day, initially on loan but the move will become a real deal in January for around £7m.

And the Northern Ireland international says he has no regrets.

“Millwall were brilliant to me”, he said. “I had a fantastic time at Millwall and have really fond memories of my time there.

“It’s a fantastic football club – but for me, Middlesbrough is at the next level.

“I want to push myself, and give myself the best opportunity of getting myself and the football club into the Premier League.

“Middlesbrough gives me that chance. It’s just everything about it, it’s a fantastic football club. The fans are great, the set up is great, it’s a Premier League club in all but name and it’s a good opportunity to get promoted this season.

“Leaving Millwall, well, I had to do that to further my career.”

George Saville and Bolton’s Josh Vela

He finally arrived just as the loan window closed at the end of August after a long summer pursuit by Tony Pulis.

Boro made a string of bids, including a joint one for fellow midfielder Jed Wallace, before the Lions finally relented at the death.

And that persistence by Boro and Pulis has given the new boy a big boost.

“It’s brilliant when a manager wants you that much,” said Saville, who scored on his first start in

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