I'LL BE BACK,BORO; Juninho Tips Cup Victory and Vows to Rejoin Robbo
Byline: JOHN RICHARDSON
BRAZILIAN star Juninho has pledged that he will return to play for Middlesbrough and backs his former club to win the Coca-Cola Cup at Wembley tomorrow.
Juninho still speaks with Boro boss Bryan Robson at least once a fortnight and revealed: 'There's no doubt that I would love to play for Boro again given the opportunity. I wouldn't have thought about leaving but for relegation last season.' The inspirational forward, who left the Riverside Stadium in a [pounds sterling]12million move to Atletico Madrid last summer, was keen to deliver a goodwill message to Robson for their showdown with Chelsea.
'I love Middlesbrough - it's a place which is still in my heart.' he said.
'I will be cheering them on against Chelsea. I was very sad that I couldn't help them win the first major trophy in their history last season but I believe they will do it this time.' Speaking from his Sao Paulo home, Jun-inho revealed details of his continuing close relationship with the manager who took him to the Riverside - an alliance which could see the samba star pulling on a Middlesbrough shirt in the near future.
'I speak to Bryan Robson all the time,' Juninho said. 'I have always considered him a personal friend. That has been the case since I joined Boro.
Bryan was the one Premiership manager to take the trouble to fly out to meet me in Brazil. …