Nigeria’s Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has confirmed his move to China after 11 years with Chelsea football club of England.
Mikel’s confirmation comes after it was gathered that the 29-year-old has completed a transfer to the Chinese Super League, after signing for Tianjin Teda, following protracted negotiations that ended with the Nigerian putting pen to paper on a reported 3-year deal worth an estimated £140,000 per week (N54million).
Mikel who became the latest Premier League player to move to China, confirmed the move by publishing a lengthy emotional letter to fans, management and his teammates at Chelsea on his Twitter account today, Friday, January 6.
The 29-year-old joins a growing list of former Chelsea stars who have made big-money moves to China with Oscar recently completing a £52 million transfer to Shanghai SIPG after Brazilian midfielder Ramires made the move to China last season.
Recall that Mikel Obi who spent 11 years at Chelsea had been frozen out of the side since new manager Antonio Conte’s arrival in the summer.
He was linked with moves to Inter Milan, Valencia and Marseille before opting for the riches of the Far East.
In his 11 years at Chelsea, Mikel won 11 trophies which include; three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League.