Mikel returns to England, joins Stoke City

Nigerian international midfielder, John Mikel Obi has joined Stoke City ahead of the 2020/21 Championship season.

Mikel, who won a host of domestic and European honours during a glittering 11-year stay at Chelsea, returns to English football after a spell in the Turkish Super Lig with Trabzonspor.

Manager Michael O’Neill said: “We’re delighted to bring John to the Club. His playing career speaks for itself and underlines his calibre as a player.

Mikel won 89 caps for Nigeria, playing in two World Cups and helping the Super Eagles win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, before announcing his retirement from international football last summer.

Championship side, Stoke City 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.

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