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Middlesborough: Mikel has won a total of 85 caps for Nigeria

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By Victor Njoku

Middlesbrough signed former Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi on a deal until the end of the season.

The 31-year-old, was a free agent after leaving Chinese side Tianjin Teda last month.

The Nigeria midfielder made 249 Premier League appearances for Chelsea in an 11-year spell which ended when he left Stamford Bridge two years ago.

He also won two premier league titles, three FA Cups and the Europa League in 2013.

“I’m pleased to get him in. He is a man with a lot of experience and quality,” Manager Tony Pulis shared in the club’s website.

“He has a winning mentality and he wants to be here to be a part of what we are looking to achieve.”

Mikel has won a total of 85 caps for Nigeria, playing for them in the last two World Cups and helping the Super Eagles win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

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