JUST IN: Mikel dumps Stoke City for Kuwaiti giants
Kuwait Sporting Club have confirmed the signing of former Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi on a one-year deal from Stoke City.
The deal was announced through the Twitter handle of Kuwait Sporting Club on Thursday.
“Welcome @mikel_john_obi,” the club posted on Thursday.
The 34-year-old had triggered a one-year extension to his contract last month with the Potters, but opted out for a big-money deal with Kuwait Sporting Club.
Mikel made 41 appearances and provided one assist for Stoke City as they finished 14th in the English Championship last season with 60 points from 46 games.
Kuwait Sporting Club is his seventh career club since he moved to Europe in 2004, having featured for Lyn Oslo, Chelsea, Tianjin Teda, Trabzonspor, Middlesbrough and Stoke City.
Mikel made 249 Premier League appearances for Chelsea in an 11-year spell, which ended when he left Stamford Bridge in 2017.
He also won two league titles, three FA Cups, the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League.
He was captain and one of Nigeria’s three over-age players as the U-23 side won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
The former Nigeria international won a total of 89 caps for Nigeria, featuring at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups and helping the Super Eagles win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, before announcing his retirement from international football in 2019.
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