MIKEL TO MOVE TO CHINA

John Obi Mikel has joined the host of big names that will be playing in China. The midfielder has confirmed he is leaving Chelsea to join Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA.

Mikel confirmed the rumours circulating around his transfer on the social media, saying it was “time for me to say goodbye” after 10-and-a-half years with Chelsea.

He joined Chelsea as a 19-year-old from Norwegian Premier League side Lyn Oslo and won Chelsea Young Player of the Year in his debut season.

Since then he has made 374 appearances, making him one of the five foreign players in Chelsea history to have reached the 300-game landmark.

The highlight of his career was in 2012 in Munich when his phenomenal display in midfield protected the defense and helped Chelsea to lift the Champions League trophy against all odds.

He won 11 trophies during his spell at Chelsea, Premier League(2), FA Cup(4), League Cup(2), FA Community Shield(1), UEFA Champions League(1), UEFA Champions League(1) under five managers, Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto Di Matteo and Rafael Benitez.

The 29-year-old was a given a free transfer by the London club and will earn £140,000 a week in China, a deal he considers good as he has not played a single match under Antonio Conte.

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