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Stoke City sign John Obi Mikel on free transfer

Stoke City have signed former John Obi Mikel on a free transfer, the English Championship club announced on Monday.

The former Nigeria captain eturns to English football having left Turkish side Trabzonspor by mutual consent in March

The 33-year-old spent 11 seasons at Chelsea, helping the London side win two league titles, three FA Cups and the Champions League.

Stoke manager Michael O’Neill said in a statement: “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.”

Mikel played 249 Premier League games for Chelsea in an 11-year spell, ending his stints with the Blues in 2017.

During his time at Stamford Bridge, Mikel won the Champions League and Europa League, two Premier Leagues, three FA Cups and the League Cup during his time with the London club.

After leaving Chelsea he joined Chinese side Tianjin TEDA and had a brief spell at Middlesbrough in 2019.

Stoke finished 15th in the Championship last season.

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