The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

MIDDLESBROUGH boss Ai­tor Karanka has been forced to change his trans­fer plans this sum­mer – af­ter claim­ing young Span­ish play­ers are not suited to the Cham­pi­onship.

Karanka, Jose Mour­inho’s as­sis­tant at Real Madrid, was plan­ning to delve into the Span­ish mar­ket for fresh talent, but has had a re­think.

“I thought young play­ers from Spain could be in­ter­est­ing here, but now I know the league and the in­ten­sity of it I’m not sure that kind of player could be good enough to play here,” he said.

“It’s not im­por­tant whether the play­ers are from Spain, Italy or Eng­land. I have to be very sure they will make us bet­ter.”

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