‘Mikel massive for Boro’

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Middlesbrough midfielder George Saville is “absolutely buzzing” to play with Mikel Obi in the midfield as he also said the English Championship club are benefiting from the Super Eagles captain both on-and-off the pitch.

Saville, who was Mikel’s teammate at Chelsea between 2011and 2014, said the former Tianjin Teda captain is a top quality player who has given him and other midfielders the chance to express themselves better.

“I was with him at Chelsea and he was the same back then. I’m absolutely buzzing to have him here to be honest,” he said.

“He’s just got that presence. You just know he’s there all the time. He does all this stuff that a footballer won’t usually get credit for but he’s been getting the plaudits, which is good.

“He does the hard stuff really easy. He’s been a big lift for us. He’s a really nice guy off the field as well. He’s a fantastic guy. He’s polite, which goes a long way for me. He’s really nice to have around the place.

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