Mikel Obi Terminates Contract With Chinese Club Tianjin Teda, Shops For A New Club
VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: John Obi Mikel of Nigeria looks on during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at Volgograd Arena on June 22, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Nigerian Footballer, John Mikel Obi has quit the Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda by mutual consent with a year left on his deal.

The 31-year-old player left Chelsea in January 2017 but made just 31 appearances for Tianjin due to injuries.

He is now looking for a new club keeping his options open.

“As for my next stop, I am not sure yet, maybe I will return to Europe, maybe stay in China,” he was quoted as saying by local Chinese media.

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The midfielder who has not played for the country since last year’s World Cup is however keen to force his way back into the Nigeria team ahead of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

“With Mikel you cannot say when and if he will be returning to the team now,” said Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr.

It is the first time since he began his professional career at Norwegian club Lyn Oslo in 2004 that Mikel finds himself without a club.