Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi, has completed a move to Turkish club Trabzonspor on a two-year deal with an option of another year, the club revealed via their official website.
The Nigerian international had a brief fantastic run with champions league side, Middlesbrough, last season and will now join Eagles teammates Ogenyi Onazi and Anthony Nwakaeme at his new club.
“A two-year and an additional year agreement was signed with the free captain of the Nigerian national team, John Obi Mikel, to transfer to our club,”— Trabzonspor announced via their official website.
On his part, Mikel took to Instagram to thank Trabzonspor fans for the warm welcome with a picture of him wearing the team’s jersey.
“Thank you for such a warm welcome, from all the Trabzon fans. I can’t wait to arrive to Trabzon and have debut game. My family and I are very excited for our next chapter in Turkey.”Obi
The skipper, who is currently with the Nigerian team at the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, could miss out on the country’s Round of 16 tie due to a knee injury he sustained in the team’s last group game against Madagascar.
The 32-year old was absent during the team’s recovery training on Monday morning with a swelling in his knee and could be out for a week.
Speaking about the loss to Madagascar, Mikel said the Eagles risk being sent home from the AFCON if they do not find a way to play better in their next game.
“We didn’t play well against Madagascar. I think at the tournament we haven’t found a good way to play but we’ve won two games and lost one now.
“I think it is better that it happened in the group stages than in the knockout phase.
“To be better as a team, we have to do more we have to find a way to win games. It’s going to be tough for us but we have to pick ourselves and show our class.”Obi
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