After almost 11 years with Chelsea, the Nigerian leaves the club on a free transfer
John Mikel Obi signed for The Blues in 2006 and managed to make 372 appearances during his time at Chelsea. The Nigerian rarely had a stable starting place under any manager, but when on the pitch, brought stability and control to the midfield. Mikel was crucial for Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League final.
Mikel also played an important role under Gus Hiddink in the second half of the 2015/16 Premier League season, by stabilizing the shaky Chelsea team.
John Obi Mikel joined the Chinese Super League club Tianjin TEDA on 6 January 2017.