Maccarone not thinking of Italy return

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MASSIMO MACCARONE has settled in quickly to life in the North East of England with Middlesbrough and told planetfootball that he is not considering a return to his native Italy just yet.

The £8.5 million summer signing from Empoli has helped Boro to reach the dizzy heights of third in The Premiership and is loving every minute of it.

"In Middlesbrough I found many positive things: a good city, a good welcome. It's a city in which you can live with calm and tranquility, with a different culture and a different game level. All good. It's a really interesting experience," Maccarone told

"I don't have a personal aim. I'm superstitious and I don't think how many goals I could score this season. I think only about playing in a good way, nothing else. Then, at the end of season we'll see.

"I don't know if Boro will be able to reach a place in Europe next season. We have to continue working hard to obtain important results, step by step, then at the end of season we could see what we'll able to do".

Reports in the Italian media have linked the 23-year-old striker with a return to his homeland but Maccarone played down such suggestions. 

"I don't think about coming back to Italy now. I feel good here also because the team, my teammates and people gave me a big faith, and I want to repay them," Maccarone continued.

"I don't read papers, also because this summer there have been said and written many things about my possible destination, that then were absolutely false. I repeat I feel good here in Middlesbrough.

"I haven't any type of revenge towards the big clubs [Juventus, Internazionale and Milan] that told me they did not want me. I'll work hard for Middlesbrough, the others can watch me. The important thing is working and having a big stimulus as I have".

Speaking on his future with the Italian national team the striker is crossing his fingers that he will have a chance to add to the solitary cap picked up in a 1-1 draw with England at Elland Road.   

"I only hope that the one in Leeds could be only the first one, and that I couldn't consider it only a fortuitous thing. I hope in other possibilities. Obviously now Italian forwards have better experience than me: I'll continue playing to have this occasion. I have to make myself appreciated," added the Boro front-man.

When asked about what he missed about his homeland, Maccarone declared: "What I miss from Italy? My family and my friends."