Mikel: Why I regret China move at under the age of 30
Posted By: Dj Devoskid
on March 8, 2019
Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi has revealed why he regrets his move to Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Teda at the under the age of 30. The 31-year-old Nigeria international left Chelsea in January 2017 after struggling to pin down a regular playing berth under Antonio Conte.
However, after only two years in China, Mikel mutually terminated his contract with Tianjin Teda in the winter transfer market, citing the need to be closer to his family as the reason for his decision, before
penning a short-term deal with Middlesbrough.
Mikel explained to Telegraph UK: “My advice to anyone thinking about going, is have a long think about it. You have to go at the right time. “I certainly wouldn’t say to anyone under the age of 30 to go there. They will regret it if they do.
”It’s worth doing for a couple of years, if only to learn a different culture, to give yourself an experience that takes you out of your comfort zone, but do not be tempted by the money if you are young.
Do your research, check what sort of club you are going to over there. ”You should wait until you are approaching the end of your career. The money makes the move tempting, we’re only human, but do not be tempted by the size of the cheque if you are in the prime of your career. It’s not worth it.”
Mikel won one Champions League, Europa League, two Premier League titles, and three FA Cups during his 11 years at Chelsea.
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