Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has now returned to England after two years in Chinese side Tianjin Teda.

The Nigeria international has now joined the Championship club Middlesbrough on a deal until the end of the season.

The Nigeria captain, who captained his country at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, was a free agent after leaving Chinese side last month.

The 31-year-old made 249 Premier League appearances for Chelsea in an 11-year spell and won the Champions League with the West London side in 2012.

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

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

Mikel joins the Boro as reinforcement to strengthen their squad for promotion to the Premier League.

Apart from Champions League trophy, the Nigerian midfielder also won two league titles, three FA Cups and the Europa League in 2013 with Chelsea.

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