Geremi prefers Riverside to Real bench
By Lorenzo Zacchetti
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
CAMEROON international Geremi has exclusively revealed to planetfootball.com that he would prefer to play on for another year at Middlesbrough rather than languish on the bench at Real Madrid.
The powerhouse midfielder is currently on international duty with the African side as they begin their preparations for the forthcoming Confederations Cup after enjoying a successful year on loan in The Premiership that earned him high praise for his domineering performances.
Geremi told planetfootball.com that he would return to Santiago Bernabeu, but only if he was guaranteed first-team football with the Spanish aristocrats.
"I was on loan at Middlesbrough but I enjoyed my spell there," confessed Geremi. "Of course I have to go back to Real Madrid, but they know what I think.
"If they want me back, I have to play regular first team football.
"My decision to leave them was because I would not play enough and nothing has changed since then.
"If I was given the chance to stay at Boro? Why not?"
Serie A side Brescia were also keen to add the versatile star to their ranks last season when Geremi announced he would spend a year away from Vicente Del Bosque's men, but he said a move to Mario Rigamonti never looked like materialising.
"They did call me," said Geremi. "But they held proper talks only with my agent. I don't know what happened then."
While Boro boss Steve McClaren tries to ensure Geremi's future is at The Riverside Stadium, the African star was undecided on whether Primera Liga or The Premiership is the better championship to play in.
"I cannot say if The Premiership is better than La Liga," he said. "They're simply two different tournaments.
"In English football there's much more competition, while in Spain it's more technical."
Manchester City have also been credited with an interest in the versatile Real man.