While Middlesbrough is a happy temporary location, he did not sign a five-year contract last season for the sake of it.
He told the Daily Mail: "I don't see Mata, Hazard or Oscar in my position. It would be good to play with those players, they are all on fire. I am a deeper midfielder, so that's my favourite position, where Mikel, Lampard or Ramires play.
"I've been there since I was seven and came through the youth system, so that is my dream club. That is who I want to play for, but this experience can only help me."