Thursday Jun 03, 2021. 13:00
Former Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel’s contract with English Championship side Stoke City FC has been extended.
The Potters have announced that they have activated their option to hand 34-year-old midfielder a contract extension.
Mikel joined Stoke in August 2020 after leaving Turkish Super Lig club Trabzonspor on a mutual agreement.
The experienced player became a key player for Michael O’Neill’s side featuring in 41 appearances across all competitions.
The Potters have now rewarded him with a contract extension:
“Contract extensions have been activated to retain the services of defender James Chester and midfielder John Obi Mikel,” a club statement read.
Stoke failed to gain promotion to the English Premier League as they ended the 2020-21 season in 14th spot on the Championship standings.
Mikel, who played 10 successive seasons in the Premier League for Chelsea FC, will be keen to help the Potter return to the elite league next season.
The Jos-born player helped Chelsea clinch two Premier League titles during his 11-year spell with the London giants.
In a 14-year international career between 2005 and 2019, he played 91 times for Nigeria, scoring six goals.