Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi-Mikel has joined Middlesbrough on loan for the rest of the season.
The 31-year old, who left Stamford Bridge on a free transfer in January 2017 has been playing for the past two years in China with Tianjin TEDA, but has been looking to move back to England, where his wife and two young children continue to live.
Both Roma and Wolfsburg were interested in signing him according to The Sun, but he has opted to join Tony Pulis’s side as they look to mount a promotion challenge. Boro are currently sit 5th in the Championship table, in the play-off places but 7 points behind leaders Leeds United.
Obi-Mikel spent 11 years at Chelsea, making 374 appearances for them in all competitions, and collecting a raft of winners’ medals during his time there, including 2 Premier League titles, the FA Cup three times, the League Cup, the Champions League and Europa League.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.