Super Eagles’ captain and new Middlesbrough of England midfielder, Mikel John Obi has revealed he was happy to join club because they match his ambition, AOIFootball.com reports.
The former Chelsea of England star, who spoke to the club’s website after his first full training session with the club, further admitted that he was happy he had joined a family club and hopes to help them achieve their aim at the end of the season.
“For me, it’s looking at the project. I spoke to a few clubs and I also spoke to Tony [Pulis] and had a good chat with him. He 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,” Mikel stated.
The 31-year-old further urged his new teammates to work as a unit because the team will always come first than individual displays.
“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.” Mikel concluded.
A two-time Premier League and Champions League winner, Mikel developed a reputation with the Blues as a defensive midfielder and also enjoyed much success further up the pitch as captain of his country, winning the AFCON in 2013 and clinching a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The Nigerian was courted by clubs across Europe, but said his decision to return to England came after having conversations with the Boro boss about the sort of team he’d be joining.