Mikel Obi joins Stoke City
- The Former Super Eagles captain returns to the English championship
- Becomes the Potters’ fourth signing of the season.
English Championship side Stoke City have announced the signing of John Mikel-Obi – the club’s fourth signing of the season.
The Nigerian international midfielder joins Morgan Fox, James Chester and Steven Fletcher at the bet365 Stadium ahead of the 2020/21 Championship season.
Mikel, 33 having left Chelsea in 2017, spent two years in the Chinese Super League but returned to England to join Championship side Middlesbrough, with the player citing distance from family was what necessitated a return to England.
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However, his return to England lasted only six months, as the 91-capped Super Eagles player jumped the ship to Turkey to play for Trabzonspor; but the signed two-year deal was mutually terminated days after Mikel expressed concerns about the Turkish Super Lig continuing amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
On the signing of the midfielder who had an illustrious career with Chelsea, Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill said: “We’re delighted to bring John to the Club.
“His playing career speaks for itself and underlines his calibre as a player.
“I was really impressed with him when we met for the first time and he outlined what he wants from the next phase of his career.”
“We spent four hours talking and he made it clear he wants to get back into the Premier League and finish his career there and hopefully he can do that with Stoke City.”
Mikel made more than 370 appearances for Chelsea, helping them to land the Premier League title twice, as well as three FA Cups, the Champions League and Europa League.
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