Brazil World Cup winner Juninho has rejected the opportunity of joining Middlesbrough for the third time in his career, after failing to agree personal terms with the club.

“I came here for talks but there has been no deal,” said Osvaldo Giroldo, the player’s father, who was acting on Juninho’s behalf.

“The offer they have made is not what we wanted and I am returning to Brazil.”

Juninho had been expected to return to Teesside – where he became arguably the most popular player in Middlesbrough’s history during two previous spells between 1996 and 2000 – after the clubs agreed a fee for the player last week.

“I want to join Boro and I know the deal will be made,” the 27-year-old World Cup winner claimed last week.

“We agree on everything and it’s just a matter of putting pen to paper. I will always be happy to return to the Premiership.”