Middlesbrough midfielder John Obi Mikel signed for the club in January on an initial six month deal, and many are hoping the Nigerian captain will stay after the summer.

Mikel will be out of contract in the summer if he does leave Middlesbrough, but whether he stays or not seems to hinge on if Tony Pulis’ side achieve promotion back to the Premier League.

“If we manage to pull it [promotion]off, it would be amazing,” he said, in an interview with BBC Sport.

“It would be up there as one of my greatest achievements.”

The 31-year old has won the Premier League, Europa League and Champions League, all with Chelsea, but believes the Championship is the biggest test in his career yet.

“I love challenges and I knew coming in here would be a challenge for me, and being in the second division would be a challenge for me.

“I knew this club would be pushing for promotion and managing to do that wouldn’t be easy.”

However, Mikel did remain tight-lipped on his future at Boro, saying he was simply enjoying himself at the moment, but again reiterated the desire to get the club back to the top flight.

“I want to enjoy my football and enjoy winning games with this club, these players are an amazing group of guys,” he said.

“Every time we win a game you see that feeling of wanting to be in the Premier League and that is something I want to keep enjoying with them until the end of the season. And then we see where we are.”


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