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‘Please Will You Stay Next Season!’ – Boro Fans On Twitter Are Pleading For 31-Year-Old Not To Leave The Club

Middlesbrough midfielder Joh Obi Mikel signed a six-month contract with the Teessiders when he left Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda in January.

Since moving to the Riverside Stadium, the 31-year-old has been a first-team regular under Tony Pulis, having made nine league starts,

Fans on Twitter were asked by Boro’s official Twitter account if they had any questions for a Q&A with Mikel, and many are asking whether he’ll extend his stay:

Other supporters were more pessimistic, asking why he would join a club with Pulis as the manager:

However, Mikel has been praised by Pulis for his influence in the changing room, with the Middlesbrough boss, much like the fans, hoping that he remains at the club next season:

“It’s not just on the pitch where we need him, it’s on the training ground as well, when you’ve got young lads who are training and working with a top, top international player who’s won everything, it certainly inspires them.”

“Hopefully fingers crossed John will be here (next season) and we’ll get the job done and win promotion.”

Much may depend on Boro being promoted to the Premier League. On recent form, that is looking less and less likely with the Teessiders currently clinging on to a place in the playoffs.