Chelsea midfielder Mikel joins Chinese club Tianjin

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has completed his move to Chinese club Tianjin.

The transfer was confirmed on social media and a picture of Mikel shaking hands with a Tianjin official holding the club’s shirt also surfaced online.

The Nigerian midfielder was not a part of Antonio Conte‘s first team plans and has therefore decided to kick-start his career with a move away from Stamford Bridge.

Mikel was linked with a move to Ligue 1 and La Liga as well, but it seems that Chinese money has influenced his decision here. The 29-year-old is the second Chelsea player heading to China this month. Oscar completed a big money move to Shanghai earlier.

According to Daily Mail, Mikel will reportedly earn £140,000 a week at his new club and has already completed his medical. The defensive midfielder had his medical yesterday and has signed a three-year contract with Tianjin.

Mikel spent 11 years at Chelsea and has won all the major honours with the Blues including the Champions League.

The Nigerian international has written a farewell message to the Chelsea fans, thanking them for their support. He also explained the reason behind his decision and claimed that the lack of playing time was a big issue for him.