Yak eyes Euro glory
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Yakubu Aiyegbeni wants to fire Middlesbrough to European glory.Middlesbrough new-boy Yakubu Aiyegbeni wants to fire his new club to European glory.
The 22-year-old was unveiled by Boro on Tuesday after he won his battle for a work permit.
The Nigerian is now looking to make a major impact at The Riverside.
"I chose to come to Middlesbrough because they have an ambition and I also have an ambition," he said.
"I want to play in Europe and not just in Europe - if we can play in the Champions League too, it would be nice for me and it would be nice for the club too.
"That is why I decided to come here. We have great players."
Meanwhile, fellow new signing Emanuel Pogatetz has flown to Russia to try and overturn the recent six-month ban imposed on him by the Russian Football Union.
Pogatetz received the ban following a red card playing for Spartak Moscow last month, the club he finished the season on loan at before agreeing his switch to Boro.
"Emanuel has gone back to Moscow to appeal against the ban," said chief executive Keith Lamb.
"There was some confusion, I understand, last week over his sudden departure from Moscow.
"I think the Russians were a little bit surprised that, after the incident, he jumped on a plane and went back to Austria because he had an appointment with us on the Monday.
"He did not understand and did not realise the extent of the boy's injury.
"He knew he had been sent off, obviously, but thought it was just a normal football tackle.
"He got the red card, accepted it - I think he has been made aware of the extent of the injury and today he goes back to Moscow to appeal against the length of the suspension.
"He is also, I understand, going to visit the boy that was injured in the tackle and hopefully he will be able to say how sorry he was then.
"Once he has appealed against the ban, I understand there will be a hearing on Thursday in Moscow when the Russian Federation will hear a formal appeal. We will probably have some news after that."
The Austrian is now hoping the Russian authorities will reverse their decision or at least reduce it substantially.