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John Mikel Obi spent the best years of his career at Chelsea, as he featured for the club between 2006 and 2017.
Upon leaving Chelsea, the former Nigeria International went to take a share of the Chinese money as he signed up for Tianjin Teda.
Mikel would then move on loan to Championship side Middlesbrough, before signing for Turkish side Trabzonspor. On the verge of Trabzonspor winning the league, Mikel terminated his contract with the Turkish side, after a dispute with the club’s leadership regarding voicing his concern about the coronavirus pandemic. Trabzonspor ended up losing the title, and many believe it was because of Mikel’s departure.
The now 34-year-old joined Stoke City for a one-year deal, and has been their main man in the middle of the park.
Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill was full of praise for Mikel after his fine performance against Bournemouth, as he dominated play in midfield.
Its yet to be seen if Mikel will remain with Stoke upon the expiration of his contract in June, and Stoke boss Michael O’Neil has joked that he’d love to sign Mikel on loan from Chelsea.
When asked about the Nigerian legend’s display on Saturday, O’Neill told Stoke on TrentLive: “Brilliant. I thought he was brilliant. The [control and the] pass he plays for Rabbi Matondo in the first half too.
“I’ve just said to him in the dressing room that I hope we can get that player on loan from Chelsea again next season. Today I thought he looked every bit.
“You can see with performances like that why he was at Chelsea for such a length of time in his career. He’s been a top player who has won everything in the game.
“He’s been a brilliant signing. When we’re compact as a team we get the best of John. He’s very positive around the club, a lot of help for the young players and I’m delighted to have him.”