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Former Arsenal trainee Luke Ayling received an epic farewell from Leeds United as his time at Elland Road looks to be over.

Middlesbrough announced the signing of the Leeds legend, who came through the ranks at the Emirates alongside Jack Wilshere, on loan.

The right-back, 32, never played for the Gunners but was an unused substitute for a 1–0 Champions League group stage defeat to Olympiacos in December 2009.

He left for Yeovil Town in 2010 and then joined Bristol City before moving to Leeds in 2016 and has played 268 times for the club, helping them to win and then stay in the Premier League before last year’s relegation.

Now the experienced star, who is out of contract this summer, is hoping to add another promotion to his CV at play-off chasing Boro.

Leeds confirmed his departure last night in an emotional statement that called him “one of the best ever signings in the club’s history” and “a tremendous servant”.

And his new boss at Boro Michael Carrick was ecstatic to get the star on board, saying: “We’re delighted to bring Luke to the club.

“He is a player with good experience, he’s a promotion winner, and he’s played at the highest level.

“He’s a terrific character as well and we see him as a great fit for what we have here. He’s exactly what we’re looking for at the club.”

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