Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

De Pena's Thanks to Juninho for Helping Move Go Through

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

De Pena's Thanks to Juninho for Helping Move Go Through

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Byline: Jonathon Taylor Sports writer

CARLOS de Pena has thanked Boro legend Juninho for helping his "dream" move to Teesside become reality.

The Uruguayan winger sealed a dramatic PS2.6m move from Nacional on deadline day, in a transfer that saw missed flights, a car crash and a boardroom tug of war.

But de Pena, 23, eventually became Boro's tenth summer signing and is set to make his debut against MK Dons this afternoon.

However, that wouldn't have been possible without Ituano FC owner and Boro legend Juninho, the winger admits.

"(Boro) told me about the possibility of coming here a month before it happened but it was diffi-cult because in my country they didn't want to let me go," de Pena told the club's website.

"It was a crazy week. I was going to fly here then they told me I couldn't - then I had a car accident. …

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