Stoke City FC have confirmed the signing of popular Nigerian footballer, John Mikel Obi as ‘fourth recruit of the season”.
The club announced this on Monday via its official twitter handle @Stokecity.
The announcement reads: “John Obi Mikel is Stoke City’s fourth recruit of the summer”.
John Obi Mikel is Stoke City’s fourth recruit of the summer.#SCFC 🔴⚪️
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) August 17, 2020
The club also published on its official website that: “The Nigerian international midfielder joins Morgan Fox, James Chester and Steven Fletcher in checking in at the bet365 Stadium ahead of the 2020/21 Championship season.”
Manager Michael O’Neill said in an interview that: “We’re delighted to bring John to the Club.
“His playing career speaks for itself and underlines his calibre as a player.
“I was really impressed with him when we met for the first time and 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.”
Announcing the development, Mikel described the move as “a new chapter.”
The former Super Eagle captain who played for 11 years at Chelsea won several domestic and European honours before joining the Turkish Super Lig side, Trabzonspor.
Mikel also had a stay in China before returning to the English Championship side, Middlesbrough on a short-term deal in January 2019.
On the international front, Mikel had 91 appearances for Nigeria before hanging up the boot after the 2019 African Cup of Nations.