Ritchie De Laet admits regret at leaving Leicester City on loan for Middlesbrough in February

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The Belgian joined Middlesbrough on loan in February.

Leicester City are Premier League champions and deservedly so after a fantastic campaign. One player who was present in the early stages of the campaign, but will not be at the King Power to pick up the Premier League title, is Ritchie De Laet.

The Belgian joined Middlesbrough on loan in February after finding first-team opportunities hard to come by at the club.

Now, in an interview with Het Laatste Nieuws as reported by Goal, he has been discussing Leicester’s Premier League win and suggests that a small part of him does slightly regret leaving the club on loan earlier this year.

The full-back stated:

“I had to watch the game between Chelsea and Tottenham from bed. Middlesbrough fans would not have forgiven me if they saw me at Vardy’s house party.

"Am I sorry that I left? In retrospect, maybe. I wanted to play more games and they could not guarantee me that. After last season, we could never have predicted that it would become such a success story. After Christmas, our dream was to get European football.”

It certainly must be frustrating for De Laet to have missed out on the title party that has been and the one to come.

Although he did also state that he might try and make it to Leicester after his game for Boro:

"Hopefully I will get promoted with Middlesbrough. It would be nice to celebrate two things in one season. This Saturday, we play at 12.30pm and Leicester at 17.30pm. Maybe I can be there in time to celebrate the dressing room. I'll pick up my medal and my title.”

However, he can take pride in the fact he played ten times for Leicester this season and therefore played a part in this monumental campaign.

He might even get to celebrate himself. If he can pick up a win or draw for Middlesbrough against Brighton this weekend then he would have earned promotion with the Teesiders and, depending on Burnley’s result, potentially a Championship title.

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