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Yakubu tells Middlesbrough chairman to "grow up"

Everton striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni has slammed Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson.

Reminded of how Gibson had aired misgivings over his commitment towards the end of his time on Teesside, Everton's record £11million buy added an extra edge to tomorrow's Goodison Park reunion with his old club by snapping: "I think it's time he grew up."

He added: "It's unfair to come out with stuff like that. I scored a lot of goals for them and it's ridiculous for people to try to claim I switched off.

"They said they didn't want to sell me, then, just before the window shut, they did want to sell me. I wasn't happy and wanted to leave. I wanted a new challenge, for a club with ambition, and I found one in Everton. They have a higher ambition than Boro.

"I was disappointed to hear what the chairman came out with, but that's life. He has his opinions and I don't hold anything against him, the staff or players. But to come out and say things like that - I think they have to grow up."

And he has no intention of following the trend of muted celebrations against former clubs should he find the target.

"Believe me, I will celebrate if I score against them." he said. "You have to move on. I know I made the right decision coming here."

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