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OFFICIAL: Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel joins Middleborough

By Michael Duah
OFFICIAL: Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel joins Middleborough
OFFICIAL: Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel joins Middleborough

Nigerian captain John Obi Mikel has joined English Championship side Middleborough on a short term deal this according to the club.

In an announcement on their portal, Boro said they had lured the services of former Chelsea FC midfielder who was a free agent since leaving Chinese side Tianjin TEDA in November.

Boro manager Tony Pulis said of the signing: "I'm pleased to get him in. He is a man with a lot of experience and quality. He has a winning mentality and he wants to be here be a part of what we are looking to achieve."

Chelsea

Mikel rose to prominence in an 11-year stint with Chelsea, making nearly 400 appearances for The Blues and winning a host of honors including two Premier League titles and the Champions League.

Reports had linked Mikel with a host of European clubs including AS Roma and Wolfsburg as well as sides in the English top flight and the Championship, but the midfielder has opted to join The Teessiders in their promotion bid.

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Mikel becomes Boro's second addition of the January transfer window, following the arrival of Rajiv van La Parra on loan from Huddersfield earlier in the month. He will wear the number 2 shirt.

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