Tomas Kalas has admitted he would have to think seriously about a permanent switch to Middlesbrough if he was offered the chance to play for the club in the Barclays Premier League.
The 23-year-old Czech Republic international has spent the last 16 months on loan at the Riverside Stadium from Chelsea, where he signed a new three-year deal last summer.
However, the defender has made only two starts for the Blues since arriving from Sigma Olomouc in January 2011, compared with the 47 appearances he has made for Boro.
Kalas told the Evening Gazette: "I don't know how many games I've played since I came - probably around 40, which is not bad in one and a half years.
"That's why I came here, to play games and hopefully I'll keep playing next season - maybe here.
"If I could get the deal [to move to Boro permanently], I would really think about it. Yes, why not?"
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Jordan Rhodes' stoppage-time winner gave Sky Bet Championship leaders Middlesbrough their sixth straight victory as they beat already-relegated Bolton 2-1 at the Macron Stadium.
Boro were trailing to the club propping up the division when Josh Vela scored but after Rhodes levelled in the 73rd minute, Boro mustered another late winner for the second time in five days, this time through their £9million striker.
Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka looks to be heading for the exit after a failed attempt to smooth over a bust-up.
Press Association Sport understands the Spaniard reported for duty on Saturday morning ready to take training ahead of Sunday's Sky Bet Championship trip to Charlton, a day after walking out following a stormy meeting with his players.
Sources close to Karanka, who has previously found himself at odds with former assistant Craig Hignett and midfielder Albert Adomah during his 28-month reign, claim he arrived ready to apologise for his part in the disagreement and smooth things over.
However, he did not lead training and the club later released a statement confirming he will not be in charge of the team at the Valley.
Middlesbrough have confirmed manager Aitor Karanka did not take training on Saturday morning ahead of their trip to Charlton on Sunday.
The Spaniard reportedly walked out of a team meeting on Friday saying he no longer wanted to manage the players.
Middlesbrough Football Club can confirm that Aitor Karanka did not take training on Saturday morning.
Assistant Head Coach Steve Agnew will take charge of the team for Sunday’s fixture at Charlton Athletic.
We appreciate supporters will want to know further details, but at this time the club cannot make any further comment and is solely focused on Sunday's game at The Valley.
Middlesbrough have confirmed a proposed move for Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes has collapsed over personal terms.
Aitor Karanka's Sky Bet Championship side had a reported £11million bid for Rovers' Scotland international accepted on Friday night and he was left out of Paul Lambert's squad at Oxford on Saturday.
However, the move has hit the rocks following discussions between Boro and Rhodes.
A short club statement posted on Middlesbrough's official website read: "The club can confirm that we have held talks with Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes over the weekend but have failed to agree terms."
Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough have brought in Gaston Ramirez on loan from Southampton for the rest of the season.
The Uruguayan moved to the Premier League in 2012 for £12million but failed to make an impact at St Mary's.
Last season the skillful playmaker had a spell on loan at Hull but once again struggled.
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Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough have brought in striker Kike Sola on loan from Athletic Bilbao, the club have confirmed.
The former Osasuna striker will spend the rest of the season at the Riverside after struggling to break into the Basque side.
Championship side Middlesbrough are set to sign Spanish striker Kike Sola on loan for the rest of the season from Athletic Bilbao.
The former Osasuna man is out of favour at the San Mames and has only appeared five times in the league this season, without scoring a single goal.