Super Eagles of Nigeria captain John Mikel Obi has dismissed reports linking him with a move back to the Premier League and insisted he is happy playing in the Chinese Super League. The 30-year-old spent 10-and-a-half years at Chelsea before moving to Tianjin Teda back in January where he is the club captain. He has been named as a potential target for Everton but the Nigeria international has ended the uncertainty surrounding his future by claiming he wants to stay in the Far East.
Mikel told Tianjin TV: ‘I don’t know from where such a rumour could come, but this story is untrue. ‘I want to stay in the CSL and play for Teda. I’m sure there will be lots of speculation about me as the transfer window nears but it is a false rumour. ‘The CSL lags behind the Premier League, but their level is still quite high. I believe more matches will help me get in shape for the 2018 World Cup. ‘I just hope to stay injury free next year and have an amazing season with Teda.’ Mikel made 372 appearances for Chelsea, picking up six goals and 13 assists during his decade-long stay at the Premier League champions.