Uruguayan winger Carlos de Pena has paid tribute to Boro, head coach Aitor Karanka, and Riverside legend Juninho for making his dream come true.

The 23-year-old has wasted little time in settling into his new surrounds, and he is already proving to be a popular character around the training ground.

"I think this is awesome," de Pena, who will be available for Saturday's visit from MK Dons, told Boro+HD.

"I had a dream to play here in England and now that I'm here I am really enjoying it.

"My team-mates have received me very well, the facilities are nice, and now I have to work and demonstrate why I am here."

De Pena was a deadline day signing - his transfer from Uruguayan champions Nacional was completed seven minutes before the 6pm cut-off point - and the winger admits he was delighted to round off a "crazy week" on such a high.

"They told me about the possibility of coming here a month before it happened but it was difficult because in my country they didn't want to let me go so it took a long time for the transaction to happen," explained de Pena.

"It was a crazy week. I was going to fly here then they told me I couldn't...then I had a car accident...I was then told I could travel so I want to Sao Paulo where I did the medical exams and signed my contract. Juninho really helped me there and I'd like to thank him.

"In the last hour all was okay and I was a Boro player. I ended up very tired and happy, because I was happy to be here.

"That day there was a lot of pressure, but here I can see there is a good team and I have very good team mates.

"I feel very comfortable here with the people in the club. Its different football from what I'm used to, but I'm feeling good and I will keep improving. I'd like to thank the club, and now I can demonstrate why I am here."

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