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Wednesday, 26 June, 2002, 15:34 GMT 16:34 UK
Izzet eyes Boro switch
Turkey's Muzzy Izzet and Brazil's Gilberto Silva compete for the ball
Izzet made his World Cup debut in the semi-final
BBC Sport Online's Phil McNulty

Muzzy Izzet set aside the disappointment of Turkey's World Cup exit to back Brazil to beat Germany in the final - then revealed he will hold new talks about a 6m move to Middlesbrough.

Leicester City midfield man Izzet made an appearance as a late substitute in the 1-0 semi-final defeat against Brazil, and has now set his sights on Premiership football.

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Leicester's Muzzy Izzet

He told BBC Sport Online in Saitama: "It was a dream come true to play in the World Cup semi-final, the only downside is of course that we couldn't get the win we wanted.

"The whole experience of this will make me a better player, and as far as Turkey is concerned our performances mean everyone will take us seriously."

But after a short holiday, Izzet will turn his attention to domestic matters and a probable move back into the top flight after Leicester's relegation last season.

He had the chance to move to The Riverside earlier in the season, but chose to wait until the summer before making a decision.

He said: "I have only been concentrating on the World Cup, but obviously I want to be part of the Premiership next season.

"The bid from Middlesbrough is still on the table and I will be speaking to Steve McClaren about that.

"We will then wait and see what happens."

"It has been fantastic to be here, and while we are disappointed not to win, what the Turkish team has achieved here has been different class.

"I would have liked to have played more, but I certainly wouldn't put any pressure on the coach to pick me because he is under enough pressure as it is."

Brazil favourites

Izzet added: "We have done really well. We have only lost to Brazil and reached the last four of the World Cup. This is a great achievement for us.

Turkey's Muzzy Izzet and Brazil's Gilberto Silva fight for the ball
Boro made a bid for Izzet last season

"You can't help but learn from being in an environment like this.

"I have been working alongside top class players who are playing in some of the best leagues in the world. It will certainly help my development as a player."

And Izzet is tipping Brazil to go all the way to glory in the final against Germany in Yokohama on Sunday.

"I think they will beat Germany. They have got some of the best players in the world and it will be the perfect stage for them."


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