"It's my dream to go back to Middlesbrough one day as their manager," says Ravanelli. "I remember the passion of the Middlesbrough fans and what they brought to games. Sometimes they were the 12th man for us. It was a very hot atmosphere. Just fantastic.
"I know what the Premier League means to the people of Middlesbrough because they are fanatical about their football club. They are obsessed with football. For many people in Middlesbrough, football is the first thing. Everything else comes second."
Ravanelli remains a cult hero on Teesside having scored 31 goals in that solitary season there.
His spell at the club was not without acrimony but Ravanelli puts it down to Juventus, where he had come from.
"It was totally different when I arrived in England," he recalls. "My mentality was strong, I was very professional and I was used to a top training ground. I remember having to go with my friends to the park rather than to Middlesbrough's training ground. It was very difficult.
"But I do remember Steve Gibson, the chairman. He wanted to do fantastic things. Now Middlesbrough have built a very good training ground. I think Middlesbrough have a good future now because of that. After building the training ground everything is possible.
"Middlesbrough is a good team with good people and for me, it is a top 10 Premier League club. That's my opinion because Steve Gibson is such a good chairman. Aitor Karanka is a fantastic manager doing a good job and he has brought them back to the Premier League."
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