Middlesbrough sign former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel

Middlesbrough have confirmed the signing of Nigeria captain and Chelsea legend John Obi Mikel

Nigeria captain and Chelsea legend John Obi Mikel returns to English football after joining Middlesbrough.

The 31-year-old has ended his two-year spell in China with Tianjin Teda to join the Championship club and boost their chances of promotion to the Premier League.

Mikel, who spent 11 seasons at Stamford Bridge, passed his medical with Tony Pulis’ side without a hitch after agreeing personal terms.

The Nigeria international was desperate to seal a move back to England as his wife and two young children remained in the United Kingdom whilst he worked in the Chinese Super League.