John Mikel Obi Departs From Middlesbrough After Contract Expiration

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Nigerian Midfield Maestro, John Mikel Obi has departed from English club, Middlesbrough. Apparently, the Nigerian international was not  offered a new deal following the expiry of his contract.

On that basis, the Championship side have confirmed the departure of 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.

Despite the effort of the former Chelsea player, the Smoggies missed out on a place in the play-off by a point after finishing seventh on the table, Goal Reports.

“Mikel has not been offered a new deal following the expiry of his contract along with three other players.”

“Stewart Downing, Dimi Konstantopoulos, Andy Lonergan and John Obi Mikel are set to become free agents this summer,”

“The quartet are all out of contract and have not been offered new deals to stay on.

“Mikel and Lonergan joined on short-term deals last season, but Downing and Konstantopoulos are both long-serving players.” read a statement from the club website.

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