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Mikel Obi joins Turkish club Trabzonspor on 2-year deal

Mikel Obi

Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi will be playing in the Turkish League next season as he has joined a top-flight club, Trabzonspor.

Mikel, who completed the last half of last season at English Championship club Middlesbrough, was signed by Trabzonspor on a two-year deal, with the option to extend for a further year.

“A two-year and an additional year agreement was signed with the free captain of the Nigerian national team,” the Turkish club announced on their website.

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The 32-year-old midfielder has won a total of 89 caps for Nigeria, and is currently playing for Nigeria at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt, where he has led his side to the Round of 16.

Mikel made 249 Premier League appearances for Chelsea in an 11-year spell, and won the Champions League with the Blues before moving to China in a two-year spell.

He also won two league titles while at Chelsea, three FA Cups and the Europa League in 2013.

Mikel will be the third Nigerian at Trabzonspor as Ogenyi Onazi and Anthony Nwakaeme are already in their squad.

The club will compete in next season’s Europa League after finishing fourth in 2018-19 season.

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