Mikel Obi joins Middlesbrough

Nigerian international player John Obi Mikel has signed for Middlesbrough on a short deal, the club has announced.

Middlesbrough Manager Tony Pulis said he is a man with a lot of experience and quality with a winning mentality.”

Mikel joins Dr Congo’s Britt Assom-Balonga and Benin’s Rudy Gestede to take the African contingent at the club to three.

He also becomes the fifth Nigerian to play for the club, after Yakubu Ayegbeni, Bart Ogbeche, Karl Ikeme and Kenneth Omeruo.

The player was out of contract since leaving Chinese super league side Tianjin Teda this month.

Mikel made 249 premier league appearances for Chelsea and was part of the team that beat Bayern Munich in the champions league final in 2012.

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