French ace opts to stay put.
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Former Middlesbrough midfielder Didier Digard has put rumours linking him with a return to England on ice by signing a new deal with French side Nice, Sky Sports reports.
The 27-year-old joined the Cote d’Azur club in 2010 initially on loan, but he has established himself as an important first team player since signing on permanently.
Now the club’s captain, he has revealed that he has rebuffed offers from clubs in England, Spain and Italy, instead deciding to stay put with his current club.
“I never had so many offers, coming from everywhere: Italy, England, Spain, Turkey and Greece. I could have played in the Champions League and doubled my wages,” Digard revealed after penning his new long-term deal.
“But there are things you can’t buy. At Nice I have complete well-being, and I have never blossomed so much. I loved life in England (at Middlesbrough), but here it is even better.
“When I came from Middlesbrough in January 2010, I thought I would spend six months and leave. But something strong happened. It is a family club where trust is the key word. That is a rare thing.
“My first idea has always been to stay at Nice. But I needed to think about it. It was interesting to listen to other words, see other projects. At a certain time, I even thought it could be good to leave after finishing in fourth position in Le Championnat. But the chairman and the coach convinced me there are still a lot of exciting things to achieve here. I thought I was fine here and staying was the thing I wanted the most.”