John Mikel Obi has put pen to paper for Chinese Super League side, Tianjin TEDA making him the latest ex-Premier League star to move to Asia in a bid to step the marketability of the league.
The news was confirmed on social media yesterday Thursday 5 January as Mikel was pictured on Chinese website Webo shaking hands with a Tianjin club official and holding up the club’s shirt.
This comes after it was confirmed that Spanish side, Valencia indicated interest in his services and also French side Marseille but Mikel chose to go instead to china where he will reportedly earn £140,000 a week.
Mikel had been below N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic, Nathaniel Chalobah and Cesc Fabregas in the pecking order at Chelsea and despite being the clubs second longest serving player after John Terry in the team, having spent 11 years at Stamford Bridge, it was definitely time for him to leave.
He is reported to have signed a three-year deal, after a successful spell in England with Chelsea, where he won the Champions League, two Premier League titles and four FA Cups.