John Obi Mikel ends speculation, officially unveiled as Stoke City player

John Obi Mikel ends speculation, officially unveiled as Stoke City player

- John Obi Mikel finally joins Stoke City after several months of speculation

- The 33-year-old left Turkish club Trabzonspor before the end of last season

- Mikel is now the fourth signing for Stoke after Morgan Fox, James Chester and Steven Fletcher

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John Obi Mikel has finally signed for Championship side Stoke City after ending speculation about his future.

The former Nigerian international will be plying his trade at Britannia, home of the famous red and white club.

The 33-year-old will be Stoke's fourth signing after Morgan Fox, James Chester and Steven Fletcher and the club are delighted to announce his arrival at the bet365 Stadium.

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.

“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 spent 11 seasons at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea winning Premier League titles, FA Cups, League Cup, Europa League and the Champions League.

He played over 370 matches for the Blues before joining Chinese Super Eagles side Tianjin Teda on a brief spell.

John Obi Mikel ends speculation, officially unveiled as Stoke City player

John Obi Mikel ends speculation, officially unveiled as Stoke City player. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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The midfielder then returned to England to play for Middlesbrough before joining Turkish giants Trabzonspor last season.

The former Super Eagles captain's contract was terminated following a disagreement with the club officials during the early weeks of the global pandemic.

Mikel wore the green and white colors of Nigeria 91 times and won the AFCON 2013 title. He also won bronze for the West African nation at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel appears to have unfinished business in England after eyeing a return to the European country.

The 33-year-old spent over a decade at Chelsea, winning virtually all the silverware available including the Champions League and Europa League titles.

Before joining the Super Eagles to 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt where they won bronze at the end of the championship, he spent six months at Middlesbrough and became the fans' delight.

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