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Mikel Obi leaves Middlesbrough

John Obi Mikel
The Nigeria international has not been offered a new deal following the expiry of his contract with the Smoggies. Championship side Middlesbrough have confirmed the departure of John Obi Mikel from the Riverside Stadium. The Super Eagles captain signed a short-term deal with the Smoggies in January after leaving Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda. The 32-year-old impressed during his short stay with the side and made 18 appearances, helping Boro to keep seven clean sheets, and scoring once.

Mikel has been included in Gernot Rohr’s 25-man provisional squad to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, which kicks off on June 21. Three-time African champions, Nigeria have been drawn in Group B along with Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar.

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