Former Super Eagles skipper, John Obi Mikel has returned to English football with Stoke City.
Mikel joined the Potters on a one-year deal on Monday after meeting manager, Michael O’Neill.
He is Stoke’s fourth signing of the transfer window, having joined as a free agent.
Mikel last played his club football with Turkish side, Tranzonspor.
The former Chelsea midfielder spent 11 successful years at Chelsea and won everything in club football during his time there.
He retired from the Super Eagles in 2019 after the African Cup of Nations, having won 89 caps between 2006 and 2013.
An elated Mikel said he hopes to bring his experience to bear in raising the team’s mentality and bringing the winning culture during his time at Chelsea to Stoke.
”There is always a way to win a game, we need to find that way. That mentality needs to come into the team, it’s all about winning week in, week out.”
“If I can bring that experience and winning mentality here, then I will be happy,” he said.
Stoke manager Michael O’Neill also revealed that John Obi Mikel told him he plans ending his career in the Premier League with The Potters.
“I was really impressed with him when we met for the first time and he outlined what he wants from the next phase of his career.
“We spent four hours talking and he made it clear he wants to get back into the Premier League and finish his career there and hopefully he can do that with Stoke City.”