Middlesbrough loanee explains what he wants to happen once his temporary deal ends

Southampton's Gaston Ramirez hopes to secure a permanent contract at the Riverside Stadium.

Gaston Ramirez wants to stay at Middlesbrough after his loan spell comes to an end, according to the Sun.

Ramirez joined the Championship promotion-chasers from Southampton in January and scored his third goal in six matches during Friday's 2-1 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers, to put Aitor Karanka's men temporarily on top of the division.

The Uruguay international, who spent last season on loan to Hull City, has played just 28 minutes for his parent club in this season's Premier League and looks set to depart on a free transfer at the end of the campaign.

When asked about his future beyond the summer, Ramirez said: "Why not stay? Football is about playing, which is why I moved here.

"I am enjoying this."

Southampton pulled off something of a coup by landing Ramirez upon their promotion to the Premier League, with ESPN reporting interest from both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

But the 25-year-old failed to live up to expectation following his £12m move from Bologna, as reported by the Guardian, and has played just 55 times for the South Coast club.

Boro slipped to second following Burnley's win against Blackburn on Saturday but will return to the summit if they win their game in hand.

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