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Norwich begin talks to sign Mikel Obi, as he insists on England stay

Norwich City are reportedly one of the front runners in talks to sign former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, according to Nigerian outlet Sports 247.

The Canaries were linked with a move for the Middlesbrough player in recent days and it appears as if Norwich and Sheffield United are in talks with the Nigerian international.

The 32-year-old surprisingly made the move to Boro in January after leaving Chinese side Tianjin TEDA and has made 19 appearances under Tony Pulis.

Mikel scored his first league goal in England since 2013 on the final day of the Championship season, and his consistent displays have caught the eye of Daniel Farke.

After speculation of a move abroad, Mikel revealed he would be playing in England next season, strengthening the Canaries’ bid to sign the player.

The Super Eagles captain would bring plenty of Premier League experience to Carrow Road if he does decide to join the club, with Farke looking to bolster his squad this summer.

Mikel spent 10 years at Chelsea and made 249 Premier League appearances for the club, winning two league titles, three FA Cup’s, a League Cup, a Europa League and the Champions League.ed:

The Super Eagles captain, john Mikel Obi, whose short term contract with Middleborough has come to an end, has declared his desire to remain in England.

The former Chelsea player joined the Teesside outfit in January as a free agent, with Tony Pulis’ side six points off the summit of the log. And after a bright start on his return to England, a run of six consecutive defeats denied Middlesbrough one of the four playoff spots.

Despite being disappointed by the team’s failure to qualify for the playoff, the Nigerian midfielder spoke about his positive experiences at the Riverside Stadium.

“I think I will prefer to stay in England and continue my education in football. My family is here and it is a country that I have lived for more than ten years, so preferably I Will play in England next season hopefully in the EPL,” he said.

The Nigerian international is also upbeat that Middlesbrough can mount a challenge for promotion to the English top-flight next season following their seventh-place finish this season.

“What I expected was to be in the playoffs or automatic promotion,” Mikel told Northern Echo.

“I think we went through a bad spell when we lost six games in a row.

“A team like us with big players, a big dressing room, a big club, shouldn’t have gone through that period.

“A lot went on, key injuries, red cards, a lot of chances we didn’t take. You can point at a lot of things. This club should be at the top and I’m sure they will get there.

“I’m sure they will do exactly what they need to do (to come back stronger). The manager is a good manager, an experienced manager, I’m sure he will look at the team and know what he wants and then they will go from there.

“The feeling is we’ll come back stronger next year. The players are hungry, they want to carry on, they want to be in the Premier League. It’s good to see that. Hopefully next season they will do that.”

 

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