Nigerian international, John Mikel Obi has written an emotional farewell letter to supporters of Chelsea Football Club in England after he completed his move to Tianjin TEDA in the Chinese Super League.
In the letter which Mikel shared on his official Twitter handle, the 29-year-old informed Chelsea fans that after 10 years and 374 appearance for the London club that it is now time for him to seek a new challenge.
Apart from thanking the Blues fans for their support, Mikel also sent a special thank you to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic, the club staff, coaches, physios and all managers he played under.
Read the full letter below:
A letter to my Chelsea family. 🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/FhcUyq3iaV
— Mikel John Obi (@mikel_john_obi) January 6, 2017
Mikel underwent a medical on Thursday as he prepared to become the second player to swap West London for the Far East, following Oscar who has signed for Shanghai SIPG.
A picture was shared on Chinese website Webo of former Chelsea midfielder Mikel shaking hands with a Tianjin club official and holding the club’s shirt.
Mikel, who had been frozen out of Chelsea’s first team this season with N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic, Nathaniel Chalobah and Cesc Fabregas ahead in the pecking roder, will reportedly earn £140,000 a week.
He is understood to have signed a three-year deal, after a successful spell in England, winning the Champions League, two Premier League titles and four FA Cups.
Watch below video of one of Mikel’s favourite moments in Chelsea:
— Austin #CFC Totti (@Austintotti007) January 6, 2017