Didier Digard admits he'll be sticking close to fellow Frenchman Jeremie Aliadiere in his first weeks at Middlesbrough.

The former PSG midfielder told Boro's website: "At the beginning it is perfect to have Jeremie here. I don't know him personally but of course it is good to have a French-speaking player to help me.

"But it is important for me to get to know all of the players and to feel part of the club so I will be taking English lessons as soon as possible."