Stoke City have extended John Obi Mikel’s contract.
The Potters have decided to exercise their option to keep the 34-year-old for another season. This is after the midfielder convinced coach Michael O’Neill with some solid performances last season.
Mikel joined Stoke at the beginning of the 2020/21 campaign after leaving Turkish Super Lig side Trabzonspor.
He featured in 41 English Championship games as Stoke finished in 14th place on the log standings last season. The decision was announced through a short statement released via the club’s official website.
“Contract extensions have been activated to retain the services of defender James Chester and midfielder John Obi Mikel.” read the statement.
Formally with Premier League side Chelsea, Mikel left the Blues to join Chinese side Tianjian Teda before making a return to England to join second tier side Middlesbrough in 2019.
Mikel then left Middlesbrough for Turkish side Trabzonspor before returning to Stoke last year.
It’s been an amazing journey for the anchor who has several honours to his name.
He won the Uefa Champions League, FA Cup and the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria. Mikel was also part of Nigeria’s 2016 Olympic team that won a Bronze medal in Brazil.
Having featured in 91 international games for the Super Eagles, he made a decision to retire from international football after the 2019 Afcon in Egypt. Many felt that his retirement came too early as he was still one of the best players for the West African nation at the time.
Glasgow Rangers’ Joe Aribo has since been roped in by coach Gernot Rohr to try to fill the void left by the charismatic midfielder.
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