John Obi Mikel is heading to China

He joins the player exodus to the Asian country

BY Simon Maguire 09:29 Friday 6 January 2017, 9:29 6 Jan 2017

John Obi Mikel challenges Dirk Kuyt. Image: ©INPHO/Getty Images/Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Chelsea's John Obi Mikel is the latest footballer to head for the riches of China.

The Nigerian announced on his twitter page earlier that he is moving to the Asian country to "seek a new challenge".

The 29 year old has found himself out of the team this term with N'Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic preferred in the holding midfield roles by new manager Antonio Conte.

In an open letter the club's fans Mikel said: "As you know, I haven't featured this season as much as I would have liked, and at 29 I still have many years in the game ahead of me. With this in mind, I feel now is the time to seek a new challenge.

"I'm delighted to be joining Tianjin TEDA FC in China, at a time that the Chinese Super League is really taking off, an I look forward to helping Tianjin TEDA FC continue to grow both on and off the pitch in the coming years," he added.

Mikel played 374 times for the London club. The midfielder joins former Chelsea teammate Oscar and former Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez in heading to Asia.

 

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