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John Obi Mikel finally leaves Chelsea after 11 years

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29 year old Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel has finally said goodbye to Chelsea after eleven years at the club, having won every imaginable football honour, despite never really being considered a first choice player. He will now ply his trade in the ever growing Chinese Super League with Tianjin TEDA.

Mikel, who joined Chelsea in 2006 under rather bizarre circumstances, leaving Manchester United days after joining the Red Devils, made 372 appearances for the Blues in all competitions and was long considered part of the club's furniture, but seldom important enough to be given a run of games as a regular starter by any of the Managers who whistled out of Stamford Bridge.

Mikel announced his departure from Chelsea, saying, "I haven't featured as much this season as I would have liked and I still have many years in the game ahead of me. With this in mind, I feel now is the time to seek a new challenge.

"I'm delighted to be joining Tianjin TEDA FC at a time that the Chinese Super League is really taking off, and I look forward to helping Tianjin TEDA FC continue to grow," he added.

Mikel concluded, "To play in the Premier League is every professional player's ambition. But to play for Chelsea, to become part of the Chelsea family to work with some of the best managers and players in the world, has truly been an honour."

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