Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel returns to England with Middlesbrough
John Obi Mikel has returned to English football following a stint in China as he will play under Tony Pulis at Middlesbrough in the Championship.
Having left Chelsea for Tianjin Teda in 2017, Mikel has now decided that he will move back to the English game, this time at a slightly lower level with Middlesbrough in the second tier.
The midfielder joined the Blues in 2006 from Lyn Oslo following a transfer dispute with Manchester United, and went on to become a long standing member of the squad making 374 appearances in all competitions.
Mikel earnt cult hero status at Stamford Bridge due to his long run of games without a goal, only netting in the Premier League for the first time after seven years there. He was also one of Chelsea’s star performers in their famous Champions League final win in 2012, as the linchpin of their solid defensive setup.
At international level, Mikel captains the Nigeria national team and in his 85 caps he won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations while being named as man of the match in the final against Burkina Faso.
He will now use his experience to aid Middlesbrough in their promotion push, as they are currently in 5th place which would see them reach the playoffs, although they are only six points away from automatic promotion back to the top flight.
Mikel may make his debut for Boro in their next game in the FA Cup fourth round at home against Newport this Saturday at 5PM Egyptian time.
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