Rudy Gestede

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Rudy Gestede


January 2017

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June 2020


Benin, France




Centre Forward





The France born Benin Republic striker was born on 10 October 1988. He rose through the youth ranks at FC Metz and in 2005, he signed a professional contract with the B team. In 2007, he was promoted to the senior squad. Nevertheless, he continued to play for the B team.

Gestede moved to Britain in the summer of 2011 and signed for Cardiff City. After spending 3 years at the club, he had played 55 league games and scored seven times. He got a Championship promotion medal at Cardiff City as the Bluebirds won the Championship and gained promotion to the Premier League in the 2013/2014 season.

The striker’s next destination after Cardiff City was Blackburn Rovers, where he made 75 appearances and scored 35 goals. His form in the 2014/2015 season attracted Aston Villa to the negotiation table. In his 18 month stay at Villa Park, the £6 million acquisition scored just 9 goals in 50 league outings for the club.

In January 2017, Gestede joined Gary Monk managed Middlesbrough FC for a fee of £7.5 million, keeping him at the club until June 2020. 

Unfortunately, he would probably have registered more than 22 appearances and 4 goals barring the two nasty injuries he sustained. In the same vein, the 2018/2019 season saw him get limited opportunities to play, registering just 8 appearances for the first team. 

Club history


January 2017 - June 2020

Middlesbrough U23

September 2018 - September 2018

Middlesbrough U23

November 2017 - November 2017

Aston Villa

July 2015 - January 2017

Blackburn Rovers

November 2013 - July 2015

Cardiff City

July 2011 - November 2013

FC Metz

July 2010 - June 2011

AS Cannes

July 2009 - June 2010

FC Metz

July 2007 - June 2009

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Rudy Gestede News

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'Middlesbrough, Derby and Reading in race to sign Norwich City outcast'

Reports coming from various media outlets have claimed that Middlesbrough FC look set to bolster their attacking options by going for the Portuguese international.
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'Tony Pulis reveals two clauses in Conor Ripley’s Preston move'

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Grant Leadbitter lifts the lid on his future plans

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"Middlesbrough FC keeping an eye on 20-year-old's contract situation at Sunderland"

Boro are part of a contingent of clubs keeping a close eye on the contract situation of 20-year-old Sunderland striker.
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'Derby County v Middlesbrough - Match Preview'

The match between the Derby County and Boro is to be broadcasted live on Sky Sports from 2:55.
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'Two teams plotting loan move for Middlesbrough FC striker'

Ipswich Town, who currently sit bottom of the Championship, are looking to bolster their attack in January.
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'Middlesbrough v Blackburn Rovers - Match Preview'

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'Middlesbrough FC given opportunity to sign on-loan striker for £6million'

Boro look set to turn the loan deal for Jordan Hugill into a permanent one in January, if reports are to be believed.
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'Carabao Cup Preview: Middlesbrough FC v Crystal Palace'

Middlesbrough FC are coming into this game on the back of a lackluster performance at the weekend, one in which an own goal by Jayden Bogle spared their blushes.
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