Mikel Obi departs Chelsea For Chinese club Tianjin TEDA, writes Chelsea fans


Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi has become the latest ex- Premier League star to make a big-money move to Chinese Super League after completing his medicals with Tianjin TEDA yesterday.

A picture shared on Chinese social media platform Web in the early hours of Friday shows the former Chelsea midfielder shaking hands with a Tianjin club official and holding the club’s shirt.

Mikel had a medical in China on Thursday and is reportedly going to earn around £140,000 per week.

Details of the deal were not announced but Mikel is thought to have left Chelsea on a free transfer with his contract to expire in June.

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The Super Eagles star did not play a single minute for Chelsea in the current season, with Antonio Conte preferring N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic, Nathaniel Chalobah and Cesc Fabregas ahead of the Nigerian.

Mikel joined Chelsea from Norway’s Lyn Oslo in July 2006 after a transfer wrangle with Manchester United was eventually settled.

He made 372 appearances, scored six goals and won two Premier League titles as well as the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.

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Mikel, 29, joins former Blues teammates Oscar and Ramires who both recently moved to China too.

The midfielder, who had been frozen out of first-team football by coach Antonio Conte this season, will reportedly earn £140,000 a week.

Mikel Obi
Mikel Obi

The 29-year-old who arrived Stamford Bridge in 2006, is understood to have signed a three-year deal, after a successful spell in England, winning the Champions League, two Premier League titles and four FA Cups.