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John Mikel Obi shakes hands on Tianjin TEDA deal as former Chelsea midfielder becomes latest star to join Chinese Super League

Sports News 6th January 2017

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  • Former Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi is the latest star to move to China
  • Mikel is set to earn £140,000 a week playing in the Chinese Super League 
  • 29-year-old signs for Tianjin TEDA after losing place in Chelsea’s first team
  • Mikel won the Champions League and two Premier Leagues with Chelsea

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.

A picture was shared on Chinese website Webo of former Chelsea midfielder Mikel shaking hands with a Tianjin club official and holding the club’s shirt.

Mikel, who had been frozen out of Chelsea’s first team this season with N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic, Nathaniel Chalobah and Cesc Fabregas ahead in the pecking roder, will reportedly earn £140,000 a week.

The 29-year-old underwent a medical on Thursday as he prepared to become the second player to swap West London for the Far East, following Oscar who has signed for Shanghai SIPG.

The Nigerian international had held talks with Valencia, while Marseille and Inter Milan also showed interest.

Mikel spent 11 years at Stamford Bridge after controversially joining Chelsea, despite appearing at a Manchester United press conference and posing with a United shirt with his name on it.

He 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.

He played in pre-season with Chelsea last summer but then left the squad to win an Olympic bronze medal with Nigeria in Rio and has not found a way back into Conte’s plans since.

Mikel (centre left) celebrates winning the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012

Mikel (centre left) celebrates winning the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012

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