Friday, 6 January 2017


John Obi Mikel has become the latest ex-Premier League star to move to the Chinese Super League after his transfer to Tianjin TEDA was confirmed on social media.
A picture was shared on chinese website webo of former Chelsea midfielder Mikel shaking hands with a Tianjin club official and holding the club's shirt.

Mikel, whio had been frozen out of Chelsea's first team this season with N'Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic, Nathaniel Chalobah and Cesc Fabregas ahead in the pecking order, will reportedly earn £140,000 per week.

Mikel had spent ELEVEN Years at Stanford Bridge after contoversially joining Chelsea, despite appearing at at a Manchester United press cnference and posing with a United Shirt with his name it.
The 29-Year-old undergo a medical on Thursday as he prepared to become the second player to move to Chinese League from West London, following Oscar who has signed for Shanghai SIPG.

The Nigerian national team captain signed a three-year deal, worth earning £140,000 per week, after a successful spell in England, winning the Champions League, two Premier League titles and four FA Cups.
He played in pre-season with Chelsea last summer but then left the squad to win an Olympic bronze medal with Nigeria in Rio and has not found a way back int Conte's plan.

An Emotional Open Letter is written by  Mikel to the fans in Stamford Bridge and members across as he bid a farewell to his former club. Read the letter below.


 To My Chelsea Family,

After ten years, 374 appearance and eleven trophies, it is time to say goodbye.

Where I do begin? I joined Chelsea as a 19-year-old kid from the Norwegian Premier League, making my debut in the community shield. I say goodbye as a champion of England, a champion of Europe, and proud captain of my national team.

To play in the Premier League, the best league, in the world, is every professional player's ambition. But to play for Chelsea, to become part of the Chelsea family, to work with some of the best managers and players in the world, has truly been an honour.

Every achievement I have been part of in my time at Chelsea holds a special memory: my first goal, against Macclesfield in 2007 (even though there were only five more after that!). The nail-biting end of 2010 season - securing the title on the last day, scoring a record 103 goals in the process, and winning the FA cup a week later. Didier's extra time winner against Manchester United in the 2007 FA Cup Final. Beating two of our biggest London rivals in League Cup finals. Winning the Europa League in Amsterdam, with one of the last kicks of the game.

Then there was Munich. We were desperate to make up for the disappointment of the 2008 final, but trailing with two minutes to go, against Bayern, in their own stadium, it seemed that once more luck was against us. But that night, with lions on our chest and the fans behind us, we fought. Up popped Didier, the rest is history, and to date we're still proudly the only team in London with a European Cup.

Non of this would have been possible without the wider club's support. To Mr Abramovic, the club's staff, coaches, physios, and to the managers I played under at Chelsea, I want to say thank you.

But my biggest thanks must go to the Blues fans. You brought me into the Chelsea family, you sung my name, and were there with us every step of the way. Thanks to your support, on nights like in Munich, you made the impossible possible.

As you will know, I haven't featured as much this season as I would have liked, and at 29 I still have many years in the game ahead of me. With this in mind, I feel now is the time to seek a new challenge. I'm delighted to be joining Tianjin TEDA in China, at a time that the Chinese Super League is really taking off, and I look forward to helping Tianjin TEDA continue to grow both on and off the pitch in the next few years.

To everyone at Chelsea - goodbye, and thank you. You  will always be part of who I am, and I wish you the best of luck. I could not be happier to be saying goodbye with the club back where it belongs - top of the league.

Keep the Blue flag flying high!

Mikel John Obi.



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