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John Mikel Obi has finally completed his move to Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA after 11 wonderful years with Chelsea.

Read his letter to the Chelsea family below


To my Chelsea family,

After ten years, 374 appearances and eleven trophies, it’s time for me to say goodbye.

Where do I begin? I joined Chelsea aa a 19-year-old kid from the Norwegian Premier League, making my debut in the Community Shield. I say goodbye as a Champion of England, a Champion of Europe and proud captain of my national team.

To play in the Premier League, the best league in the world, is every professional player’s ambition. But to play for Chelsea, to become part of the Chelsea family, to work with some of the best managers and players in the world, has truly been an honour.

Every achievement I have been part of in my time at Chelsea holds a special memory: my first goal, against Macclesfield in 2007 (even though there were only five more after that!). The nail-biting end to the 2010 season – securing the title on the last day, scoring a record 103 goals in the process and winning the FA Cup a week later. Didier’s extra time winner against Manchester United in the 2007 FA Cup final. Beating two of our biggest London rivals in League Cup finals. Winning the Europa League in Amsterdam, with one of the last kicks of the game.

Then there was Munich. We were desperate to make up for the disappointment of the 2008 final, but trailing with two minutes to go against Bayern, in their own stadium, it seemed that once more luck was against us. But that night, with lions on our chest and the fans behind us, we fought. Up popped Didier, the rest is history, and to date we’re still proudly the only team in London with a European Cup.

None of this would have been possible without the wider club’s support. To Mr Abramovich, the club’s staff, coaches, physios and to the managers I played under at Chelsea, I want to say thank you.

But my biggest thanks must go to the Blues fans. You brought me into the Chelsea family, you sung my name and were there with us every step of the way. Thanks for your support, on nights like in Munich, you made the impossible possible.

As you will know, I haven’t featured as much this season as I would have liked, and at 29 I still have many years in the game ahead of me. With this in mind, I felt now is the time to seek a new challenge. I’m delighted to be joining Tianjin TEDA in China, at a time that the Chinese Super League is really taking off, and I look forward to helping Tianjin TEDA FC continue to grow both on and off the pitch in the next few years.

To everyone at Chelsea – goodbye, and thank you. You will always be part of who I am, and I wish you the best of luck. I could not be happier to be saying goodbye with the club back where it belongs – top of the league.

Keep The Blue Flag Flying High!

Mikel John Obi

About the Author

I eat, sleep and live Chelsea.


  1. Tanx ma bro for everytin u did for us at CFC, may the good Lord continue to bless & strengthen u & ur households Amen. Love from ur bro from another mother Ekene 042 zone Naija.

  2. John obi u are a hiro say the worldwide

  3. that is great Obi,wish you well, we will never forget of you

  4. Chiteta kawina | January 6, 2017 at 1:44 pm |

    Obi we shall forever remember you.thanks very much .wish you all the best.

  5. It’s sad to say goodbye you will always be a Chelsea #great#

  6. GoodLuck brother, you still remain the best.

  7. You will aways be remembered in blues families all the best brother

  8. I wish u all the best of luck

  9. Okenna Desmond | January 6, 2017 at 6:32 pm |

    May good God guide u in ur career

  10. Lawrence ODEBIYI | January 6, 2017 at 7:18 pm |

    JOM- The Proud Blue Player. You joined the club when much has not been said,done or heard about the club.But as a proud player you are leaving the club with trophies being won at various levels and names being made.Indeed, you are one of our HEROES.Thank you and remain blessed.

  11. george mburu | January 6, 2017 at 7:29 pm |

    Good bye Obi, as Chelsea fan,I wonna wish u all the best. A change is better than a rest although it hurts.

  12. You still remain HERO both home and away we love you Chelsea fans and may God continue to bless your home I wish you great future and it will keep you fit to lead us in NAIJA team.

  13. Mikel I joined Chelsea because of you, but is very sad to see you left Chelsea. Hmm I wish you best luck in your remain carrier bye bye my best lover player.

  14. Tnks JOM.. U ll Forever Remain one of us.. A true blue family n a Legend. All da best

  15. Goodbye and thanks for everything I wish you best of luck

  16. Love the letter en ur words,im humbled to be chelsea

  17. we wish you good luck Obi

  18. Mikel has play very well and I belie u will do more,we remain ur in everywhere u go.Williams Ban

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