Nigeria captain, John Obi Mikel hopes to help Middlesbrough secure promotion to the English Premier League following his arrival at the club, reports Completesports.com.
Mikel, 31, who penned a short term contract with Middlesbrough was unveiled by the club on Thursday.
He became a free agent in November after a two-year spell in China with Tianjin Teda. And he is expected to boost the promotion chances of the Championship club.
The experienced midfielder who won the 2013 Africa Nations Cup with Nigeria spent 11 seasons at Chelsea.
Mikel was reportedly 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.
“For me it’s looking at the project,” Mikel stated at his unveiling ceremony.
“I spoke to a few clubs and I also spoke to Tony [Pulis], had a good chat with him.
“He’s told me where he wants to go with it and it definitely fits with what I want to do.
“The club wants to get promoted, so hopefully l, I’m here to help in any way I can.”
The Chelsea legend further stresses that his main priority will be the team’s success just as he is braced up for the challenge ahead at the Championship side.
“It’s a family club and this is what I want. I like stability and this is why I was at Chelsea for a very long time,” Mikel said.
“We have to put our heads together and help each other,” he said.
“If anyone knows me from my years at Chelsea, I always played for the team. The team comes first and that’s exactly what I’m going to do here.
“Here is going to be a challenge, but I love challenges.”
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