By Our Reporter
Former Chelsea star and Super Eagles captain, Mikel John Obi, is set to sign a one year contract with the English Championship side, Stoke.
Mikel, who appeared in two World Cups for his country, won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in South Africa, and then retired immediately from International football after last year’s Total AFCON in Egypt, having won 89 caps for Nigeria.
He made 249 English Premier League appearances in an 11-year stint; winning the Champions League, Europa League, two Premier Leagues, three FA Cups and the League Cup with the London side before his departure in 2017.
On leaving Stamford Bridge he joined the Chinese side, Tianjin TEDA and had a brief spell at Middlesbrough in 2019.
Mikel joined the Turkish side, Trabzonspor and later left the club by mutual consent in March to be a free agent.
Last week, the former Nigerian International disclosed to BBC Sport Africa that he was open to a return to English football.
Stoke City won three of their last four games in 2019-20 to pull away from relegation trouble and finish 15th under former Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill as his side lost 2-1 to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Friday, with Pep Guardiola’s men advancing to the quarter-finals 4-2 on aggregate.