Ex-Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel nears move to Stoke City

Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel set for return to English football as he nears move to Championship side Stoke after leaving Turkish outfit Trabzonspor on a free

  • John Obi Mikel is set to sign a one-year deal with Championship side Stoke City 
  • The 33-year-old is best known for his time at Chelsea between 2006 and 2017 
  • Mikel was playing for Trabzonspor in Turkey but was released back in March

Stoke City are closing on agreement over a one-year deal for former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel.

The former Nigeria captain, 33, is a free agent having left Turkish side Trabzonspor by mutual consent in March.

Stoke have been in talks with Mikel for a couple of weeks and agreed terms with another free agent Steven Fletcher last week.

Stoke City are set to sign former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel on a one-year deal

The Nigerian midfielder was released by Turkish side Trabzonspor in March of this year

Mikel made 249 Premier League appearances for Chelsea in an 11-year spell, which ended when he left Stamford Bridge in 2017.

He won the Champions League and Europa League, two Premier Leagues, three FA Cups and the League Cup with the London side.

Mikel has not played in England since a six-month spell at Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough in 2019, where he scored one goal in 19 appearances in all competitions. 

The 33-year-old has not played in England since a six-month spell at Middlesbrough in 2019

Mikel (middle) won the Champions League, two Premier Leagues and three FA Cups at Chelsea

He also had a two-year spell at Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda, before joining the Riverside Stadium.  

The 33-year-old would help Michael O’Neill’s side with their promotion plans after two disappointing seasons in the second tier. 

The Potters were relegated from the Premier League in 2018 and finished in the bottom-half of the Championship in each of the last two seasons. 

Stoke sacked managers Garry Rowett and Nathan Jones in those Championship campaigns, with former Northern Ireland coach O’Neill saving them from relegation to League One with just one game to spare earlier this summer.

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