Mikel: Players in their 30s should stay away from China
Do not be tempted by the size of the cheque, Mikel to players going to China in their prime
John Mikel-Obi warns that players in their prime should desist from going to the Chinese League.
The Super Eagles captain spent 11 years in England with Chelsea, where he won the Champions League and Europa League, three FA Cups and the Premier League twice, before moving to China in 2017.
Then at 29, the former Nigerian youth international joined Tianjin Teda, on a weekly wages worth £140k weekly, he, however, warned players below 30s that they should not be tempted by the size of the cheque – as regret lies ahead.
“My advice to anyone thinking about going
“You have to go at the right time.
“I certainly wouldn’t say to anyone under the age of 30 to go there. They will regret it if they do.
“It’s worth doing for a couple of years, if only to learn a different culture, to give yourself an experience that takes you out of your comfort zone, but do not be tempted by the money if you are young. Do your research, check what sort of club you are going to over there.
“You should wait until you are approaching the end of your career. The money makes the move tempting, we’re only human, but do not be tempted by the size of the cheque if you are in the prime of your career. It’s not worth it.”
Since making the move back to England with Middlesbrough in the January transfer window, the former Chelsea player has been a fan favourite.
Meanwhile, with some outstanding performance for The Smoggies, Mikel, an 85 capped international long-awaited return to the national team, would not be soon, as coach Gernot Rohr failed to name him alongside struggling Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho for the upcoming matches against Seychelles and Egypt.