Mikel completes Tianjin TEDA transfer, to earn £140,000 per week


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Super Eagles team captain and Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi has completed his transfer to Chinese Super League side, Tianjin TEDA after undergoing a medical yesterday in the port city some 130 kilometres from Beijing on Thursday/


The Asian Football Confederation has therefore confirmed the deal on Friday.



Mikel's move comes on the day China's leading sports governing body announces plans to cap the spending of the country's super league clubs.



Mikel, 29, has been offered a package worth around £140,000 per week to become the latest player to swap Europe for the riches of Asia’s emerging football market.



Meanwhile, Nigeria international Mikel penned a letter to his "Chelsea family" and tweeted it to his followers on social media.


"To play in the Premier League, the best league in the world, is every professional player's ambition," said Mikel.


"But to play for Chelsea, to become part of the Chelsea family, to work with some of the best managers and players in the world, has truly been an honour...to everyone at Chelsea - goodbye, and thank you. "
"You will always be part of who I am.



"As you will know, I haven't featured as much this season as I would have liked, and at 29 I still have many years in the game ahead of me," he said.


"With this in mind, I feel now is the time to seek a new challenge.


"I'm delighted to be joining Tianjin TEDA FC in China, at a time that the Chinese Super League is really taking off, and I look forward to helping Tianjin TEDA FC continue to grow both on and off the pitch in the next few years."



Prior, the Nigeria international held talks with Valencia, while Marseille and Inter Milan have also shown interest, but Tianjin snatched him from other clubs.



Antonio Conte has not included the midfielder in his plans this season, with Mikel out of the first-team picture and behind N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas and Nathaniel Chalobah in the pecking order.



He has continued to train with the rest of the squad but a return to action at Stamford Bridge, where he has spent 11 years, has long-looked unlikely.



Mikel won 11 trophies with Chelsea during a spell at the club which consisted of 374 appearances.
Credit: Eurosports


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