ROBERT Huth insists he has no regrets about leaving Premier League champions Chelsea for Middlesbrough.

The Blues have already claimed the Carling Cup this term and are still on course for an unprecedented quadruple should they win the Champions League, Premiership and FA Cup on top of their Carling Cup win.

Huth was involved in the club's two previous Premiership-winning campaigns prior to his move to the Riverside, and could have still been involved had he chosen not to leave last summer.

But the 22-year-old centre half made it known that he does not lament the switch from London to Teesside because he believes his position under Jose Mourinho had become untenable.

"It was time for me to move on and Middlesbrough was a club on the way up with a new manager," said the Germany international. "At Chelsea it would always be those three (Terry, Gallas and Carvalho) and me.

"I never felt it was a fair competition but that is easy for me because I wasn't playing. It is a fairer competition here.

"If Gareth (Southgate) came to me and said someone has been better than me this week, then I will try and do my best to prove him wrong. At Chelsea that was never the case.

"It was frustrating because I played fairly well. It was understandable because they had paid a lot of money for the other defenders and I cost nothing."

The Boro defender believes he has nothing to prove to his former club and insisted there was no malice between him, Chelsea and Mourinho because he left with the club's blessing.

"I don't feel I need to prove them wrong. They knew I could play but they understood I was in the same position for a year and half. He understood why I wanted to leave but there is not much he could have said."

With speculation raging about where Mourinho's future lies next term, Huth confessed it would be a shame if the special one had to leave England.

Huth said: "He (Mourinho) is fantastic, he lives and breathes football.

"He has brought a lot to the club and he has that spirit, you could see that against Valencia. You wouldn't really have fancied them and then they pop up with a winner. But that had him written all over it.

"You see some games and when it looks as if Chelsea are going to get only a point, then in the 93rd minute they score. They have done that so many times - scoring in the last minute and keeping a clean sheet.

"That is the mentality he puts into the team.

"I think he is always good for the TV and in a press conference. He has brought a lot to the English league and he will be a great loss to Chelsea if he leaves. He is the best around I think."