Former Chelsea Star John Mikel Obi Joins England Championship Club Middlesbrough FC
Nigerian Super Eagles Captain John Obi Mikel is back in England after successfully joining English Championship side Middlesbrough.
Earlier reports in the day indicate that the former Chelsea midfielder was undergoing medical ahead of the deal, but it does appear that the deal has now been signed sealed and delivered after the club listed the Nigeria in the current first 11 handing him the No.12 shirt.
Mikel considers the decision the right thing to do as it provides an opportunity to remain in the Uk close to his family
The 31-year-old will hopefully aid the Tony Pulis tutored side who are pushing for promotion.
Mikel had previously attracted interest from European sides Roma and Wolfsburg but was set on returning to England to be closer to his family.
The Nigeria international, who will be hoping to represent his country during this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, was also linked with a move to Crystal Palace.
Mikel won two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the League Cup during his 11-year spell at Chelsea.
He also achieved success in European competitions with the Blues as he won both the Champions League and Europa League during his time in England.
Middlesbrough, who face Newport in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, are currently fifth in the Championship.
Mikel will not be the first Nigerian to play for the side as former Eagles striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni also played for the club between 2005 and 2007 scoring 25 goals in 73 appearances before moving to Everton.