John Obi Mikel has confirmed that he has become the latest Premier League player to leave for the Chinese Super League, ending a ten-year spell at Chelsea.
The midfielder has wrote a farewell letter to supporters of the west London club having agreed to join Tianjin TEDA.
Mikel was pictured holding the club’s shirt and shaking hands with a Tianjin official in images on social media.
— Mikel John Obi (@mikel_john_obi) January 6, 2017
In his goodbye to supporters, Mikel wrote: “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.
“Every achievement I have been part of in my time at Chelsea holds a special memory: my first goal, against Macclesfield in 2007 (even though there were only five more after that!).
“To everyone at Chelsea – goodbye, and thank you,” he added. “You will always be part of who I am, and I wish you the best of luck.