Maccarone wanted to stay in Italy
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Boro boss Steve McClaren splashed out £8 million to entice Maccarone to The Riverside from Empoli during the summer.
It was a monster gamble from McClaren given that Maccarone had yet to prove himself at the highest level.
McClaren also faced competition from several Premiership clubs to snare the striker's services while there were rumours a string of Serie A big guns were tracking Maccarone.
But Italian interest failed to materialise and while Maccarone accepts he would have preferred to remain in his homeland, he is focused on his Riverside career.
"If I am honest I cannot say that Middlesbrough was the dream move for me," admitted Maccarone.
"If I had my way I wouldn't be here but that is nothing to do with Middlesbrough. It is just I would have preferred to stay in Italy.
"However, when it looked as though Empoli were ready to sell me, it was not my fault no team in Italy came in for me.
"That was very disappointing because I am Italian and I would have preferred to stay in Italy. But it was not to be.
"So when it looked as though I couldn't stay in Italy, I had to look abroad and that's when Middlesbrough came in and gave me the opportunity.
"Now I will repay Middlesbrough for their faith in me. I have signed a five-year contract which I will respect and hopefully I can achieve success here."
Once Maccarone had resolved to try his luck in England, he was quickly impressed by Middlesbrough's offer.
He added: "It upset me that no side in Italy wanted to buy me so that makes me extra determined to be a success in England.
"I will prove my doubters wrong. I will continue to play well here and to prove to those teams who did not want me they have made a mistake in not buying me.
"A lot of clubs in England wanted me - Birmingham, Manchester City and Bolton. But Middlesbrough and Steve McClaren showed ambition and showed what a good squad they have, so it was an easy choice to make."