The English resembled Middlesbrough last Thursday, the arrival of John Obi Mikel announced. The 31-year-old Nigerian sat since new year without a club, after his contract with the Chinese Tianjin Teda ended. Mikel signed until the end of the season.
For the midfielder it is a return to England after two seasons in China playing for Tianjin Teda. Previously, he defended eleven years (2006-2017) the colours of Chelsea. Mikel won with the Blues including two English titles (2010 and 2015), three FA Cups (2007, 2009 and 2012), the Champions League (2012) and Europa League (2013).
The 85-fold Nigerian international, and current captain of the Super Eagles, ended in november his season in China with Tianjin Teda in a disappointing fourteenth place. It could only be on the basis of the results in mutual duels maintaining ensure.
Middlesbrough fight in the Championship is still for promotion to the Premier League. Boro after 28 days fifth with 47 points, seven less than leader Leeds. The first two teams in the English second division to promote directly to the Premier League. The teams in places three through six play play-offs for the last promotieticket.