Mikel Obi cancels Chinese club contract

Nigerian captain Mikel Obi has announced his cancellation his contract with Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda. The termination comes a year before the originally penned date.

The Nigerian did not travelled with the Tianjin Teda squad to Spain for a pre-season training programme as a prelude to his departure.

Mikel said in an interview with Tianjin TV Sports New Vision programme: “I broke the contract with the club, which means I will leave Teda. As for my next stop, I am not sure yet, maybe I will return to Europe, maybe stay in China.”

He then added: “Anyway, I would like to wish the TEDA team good luck next season.”

Injuries have kept the World Cup veteran off the pitch in the second half of the Chinese league. The situation also kept him from the Nigerian team since leading the team out at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr has not been able to make any categorical statement on the player’s involvement with the 2019 Africa Nations Cup.

Rohr however did appeal to player after their last match in Russia to hang on with the Eagles until at least after the African cup.

Mikel played for TEDA in 31 Super League matches, scoring 3 goals.