Former Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi signs for Kuwaiti club from Stoke City

Former Nigeria captain, John Obi Mikel has left Stoke City to join Al Kuwait SC in Asia on a year’s deal.

The announcement was made by the club on Thursday July 1, after the former Chelsea and Stoke City midfielder terminated his contract by mutual consent.

The Brigadiers disclosed that Mikel penned a one-year contract that will keep him at the club for the 2021-22 season.

Mikel’s signing comes as reinforcement for Al Kuwait, who finished third in the League last season behind Al-Qadsia and leaders Al-Arabi.

After leaving Chelsea, where he won several trophies including the Uefa Champions League, Uefa Europa League, the Premier League, FA Cup, and League Cup, he played for, Tianjin Teda in the Chinese Super League, Trabzonspor, and Middlesbrough. He later joined Stoke City.

Stoke boss Michael O’Neill told the club’s official website: ‘Although John triggered the second year of his contract, we always had an agreement in place whereby we would let him leave if a significant overseas opportunity came along.

‘John is a fantastic professional and was a huge presence for us last season both on and off the field, particularly with the young players in our first-team squad.

‘I really enjoyed working with him and would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his contribution and wish him every success for the future.’