Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi has completed his transfer from China to English side Middlesbrough after passing a medical on Tuesday.
The Sun report in England confirms that the Nigerian midfielder travelled from London to his new base last night after agreeing personal terms.
The father of two who is a Two-time Premier League winner with Chelsea was billed to join up with his new teammates Wednesday morning after spending the past two years at Tianjin TEDA in the Chinese Super League.
He parted ways with TEDA on mutual consent with a year left in his contract with the Chinese team. Roma and Wolfsburg are two other European teams that reportedly showed interest in the midfielder who spent over a decade at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea.
Mikel is believed to have weighed the option of a return to England because his wife and two young children are based there.
The UEFA Champions League winner will be part of a Tony Pulis side looking to bring Premier League football back to the Riverside next season.
Boro currently sits fifth in the Championship table and seven points off leaders Leeds.
Pulis’ men host Newport County on Saturday in their fourth round FA Cup clash before travelling to promotion rivals West Brom on February 2. Boro isn’t short of central midfielders but Pulis believes the physical, imposing and experienced Mikel can further strengthen the department. Mikel has played as both a holding midfielder and in a more advanced No.10 role for both club and country in the past.
Mikel hasn’t played for Nigeria since the game against Argentina at the 2018 World Cup after hinting at retiring from the team but he is being urged to return to the national scene for African Cup of Nations holding in Egypt this June/July.