Middlesbrough boss, Tony Pulis, has said the Championship side will need more than a Premier League promotion to keep Super Eagles star, John Obi Mikel at the club.
The 31-year-old has had a massive impact at the Riverside Stadium since his arrival from the Chinese Super League club, Tianjin TEDA.
But the Teeside manager thinks Championship success may not be enough to tie him down.
With Boro well-placed in a position [fifth] for the Championship playoffs, Pulis believes convincing Mikel about the club’s potentials will be crucial in keeping him at the Riverside Stadium.
“I don’t think the key to keeping John is going up. I think the key is to show him the potential the club has.
“I think the secret to keeping John at the end of the season is to convince him this is a club going in the right direction,” Pulis told Middlesbrough’s website.