Former Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi, has joined Stoke City on a free transfer after leaving Turkish side, Trabzonspor, in March.
Mikel made 249 Premier League appearances for Chelsea in his 11-year spell, which ended when he left Stamford Bridge in 2017. Stoke boss, Michael O’Neill, says he is impressed with the Nigerian after meeting him for the first time when he outlined what he wants from the next phase of his career.
“We spent four hours talking and he made it clear he wants to get back into the Premier League and finish his career there and hopefully he can do that with Stoke City”.
Mikel won 89 caps for Nigeria, playing in two World Cup tournaments and helping the Super Eagles win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, before announcing his retirement from international football last summer.
Stoke won three of their last four games in 2019-20 to pull away from relegation trouble and finish 15th under former Northern Ireland boss, O’Neill.