John Mikel Obi has become the latest ex-Premier League star to move to the Chinese Super League after his transfer to Tianjin TEDA was confirmed on social media.
Mikel Obi Writes Open Letter to Chelsea Fans as He Completes His Big Money Move to Chinese Super League (Photo)
Mikel Obi completes his move to China
Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi has completed a transfer to the Chinese Super League after signing for Tianjin Teda following protracted negotiations that ended with the Nigerian putting pen to paper on a reported 3-year deal worth an estimated £140,000 per week (HK$1.34 million).
The former Chelsea midfielder who became the latest Premier League player to move to China, confirmed the move by publishing a lengthy letter from a Chelsea fan on his Twitter account in which the fan thanked him for his time at the club.
The 29-year-old joins a growing list of former Chelsea stars who have made big-money moves to China with Oscar recently completing a £52 million transfer to Shanghai SIPG after Brazilian midfielder Ramires made the move to China last season.
Recall that Mikel Obi who spent 11 years at Chelsea but had been frozen out of the side since new manager Antonio Conte’s arrival in the summer, had been linked with moves to Inter Milan, Valencia and Marseille before opting for the riches of the Far East.
Below is an emotional letter Mikel wrote to Chelsea fans as he heads to China for a new adventure.