John Mikel Obi has dumped Middlesbrough to actualize his ambition of winning more trophies.
Mikel’s appetite for titles appears insatiable after winning all the available trophies with Chelsea like the EPL, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Champions League and Europa.
Yet at 32 and in the twilight of his career, Mikel said he wants to move to a club possibly in the UK that has the potentials of winning titles.
On Sunday, the Nigerian International played his last match for English Championship side, Middlesbrough following the expiration of his short-term deal in the 2019 winter transfer window.
The 31-year-old who was a free agent after leaving Chinese side Tianjin TEDA is keeping his options open as he looks ahead to the future – but has hinted that he wants to play at the top level again after his stint in the Championship with Middlesbrough.
The midfielder didn’t rule out discussing the option of extending his stay with Boro, but he made it clear he wants to win silverware and says he already has a few options as he ponders his next move.
Asked whether he’s played his last game for Boro, Mikel said: “I don’t know, you can never say never. My contract ends and that’s why I’m saying ‘they’ (about Boro).
“If there’s a conversation, OK, fine. It’s a great club, they will find the right players and make sure next season they are in the playoffs or automatic promotion.”
“We’ll have a conversation with my people and see what comes up. I have a few options here and there, there’s a lot of options, you always have to pick the right one and the way you play and what you want to achieve,
“I still want to win trophies, I’ll go somewhere where the players, the team, the fans, the staff, want to win.”
Mikel also spoke fondly of his first goal in the English Championship for Middlesbrough which came on the very last day of the season in his club’s 2-1 win against Rotherham United at New York Stadium on Sunday.
It was a bittersweet end to the season for Mikel, who scored what proved to be the winner but it wasn’t enough to keep Tony Pulis and his team’s Play-Off dream alive.
Though the goal could not guarantee Middlesbrough a play-Off spot the ex-Chelsea midfielder revealed after the match that the memory of the strike would linger in his memory for a long time.
“We knew coming into the game it wasn’t in our hands. We had a job to do and that was in the game, and see what happens. The other results didn’t go our way but it will be a goal to remember for me.”
Mikel who paid glowing tributes to the fans of the club describing them as fantastic said Boro deserved to be in the Play-Offs and predicted that the Riverside club will bounce back next season.
“The fans have been fantastic with me and I think we deserve to be in the Play-Offs. But it’s a big club and I’m sure Boro will bounce back next year.”