The 31 year old who will wear the no.2 shirt, was straight into the thick of things with his first session under Middlesbrough manager, Tony Pulis.

On teaming up with Yakubu Aiyegbeni’s former club, the Champions League winner says:

“For me it’s looking at the project.

“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 I’m here to help in any way I can.

“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.”

He continues:

“We have to put our heads together and help each other.

“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.”

Take a look at photos from his presentation, interview and workout sessions below:

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New Boro recruit, Mikel
Middlesbrough FC’s Britt Assombalonga and John Obi Mikel
John Obi Mikel’s first training session
John Obi Mikel joins his Middlesbrough FC team-mates for training
John Obi Mikel shares a joke with Boro First Team coach, Jonathan Woodgate and Ryan Shotton
John Obi Mikel shares a joke with Coach Woodgate, former Real Madrid player

 

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