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Football: Ideye joins Mikel in China

Image result for Brown IdeyeOlympiakos striker Brown Ideye is being lined up for a move to China with Tianjin TEDA  before the close of the transfer window,  ESPN FC reports.

Tianjin TEDA signed Ideye’s Nigerian teammate  Mikel  Obi from Chelsea during the January transfer window and they are now hoping to add Ideye as their latest marquee signing.

Chinese Super League clubs are scouring all over the world for new players before their transfer window closes later this week, ahead of the start of the new season next month.

Tianjin TEDA  have been searching for a new striker to finalise their squad ahead of the new season and have targeted a move for Ideye.

Ideye has been at Olympiakos since the summer of 2015 after joining the club following a disappointing one-year spell in the Premier League with West Brom.

The 28-year-old was West Brom’s then-record club signing when he joined them in 2014 from Dynamo Kiev, but he failed to hit the heights at the Hawthorns.

Ideye scored seven goals in 31 appearances in all competitions for West Brom before he left to join Olympiakos, and he has got his career back in track in Greece.

The powerful striker scored 13 goals in his debut season to help Olympiakos win the Greek Super League and he has surpassed that this season with 15 goals in all competitions.

Football: If the money is good, I’ll end my career in China-Mikel Obi

895d6-mikelSuper Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has hinted that Tianjin Teda will be his final bus stop in football, if all things go on well with him in China.

Mikel signed a three-year deal with the Chinese Super League club currently training in Malaga, Spain after being frozen out at Chelsea, where he spent close to eleven years winning titles. Mikel Obi “Of course, I want to stay in a team for a long time, I left Chelsea after eleven years, I hope to stay in TEDA for a long time, not one or two seasons, “ Mikel was quoted as saying by Netease Sports. “If the club will not let me go, I hope to stay until the end of my career, TEDA will be my last stop.” Mikel scored his first goal for his new club in their 6-2 loss to German side St. Pauli yesterday. His goal came off a header from a well delivered free kick, which left the goalkepper of St. Pauli stranded in goal as the ball flew into the net.

Trending: Mikel signs £140,000 per week with Chinese club Tianjin TEDA, writes Chelsea fans

Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi has become the latest ex- Premier League star to make a big-money move to Chinese Super League after completing his medicals with Tianjin TEDA yesterday.
A picture shared on Chinese social media platform Web in the early hours of Friday shows the former Chelsea midfielder shaking hands with a Tianjin club official and holding the club’s shirt. Mikel had a medical in China on Thursday and is reportedly going to earn around £140,000 per week.

Details of the deal were not announced but Mikel is thought to have left Chelsea on a free transfer with his contract to expire in June.

The Super Eagles star did not play a single minute for Chelsea in the current season, with Antonio Conte preferring N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic, Nathaniel Chalobah and Cesc Fabregas ahead of the Nigerian.

Mikel joined Chelsea from Norway’s Lyn Oslo in July 2006 after a transfer wrangle with Manchester United was eventually settled. He made 372 appearances, scored six goals and won two Premier League titles as well as the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. Mikel, 29, joins former Blues teammates Oscar and Ramires who both recently moved to China too.

The midfielder, who had been frozen out of first-team football by coach Antonio Conte this season, will reportedly earn £140,000 a week. The 29-year-old who arrived Stamford Bridge in 2006, is understood to have signed a three-year deal, after a successful spell in England, winning the Champions League, two Premier League titles and four FA Cups.

Read What Conte said about Mikel’s transfer , Expectation against Tottenham on Wednesday

conteAnother speculated news has emerged on Mikel Obi’s transfer. Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte has revealed that there are no concrete news regarding the purported exit of John Mikel Obi in the January transfer window. 

The 29 year old Nigeria international has been heavily linked to Spanish side Valencia having met with the Sporting Director of the club, Jesus Garcia Pitarch on Christmas day in London.

“For now, we have no news,” the Italian replied when quizzed on Mikel’s situation during his pre-match conference non Tuesday.

Conte who spoke ahead of his side’s derby clash against Tottenham Hotspurs at White Hart Lane on Wednesday declared that all his players were fully fit for the clash as he aims to record a 14th straight win in the English Premier League.

“No, me, the players, we want to win to take three points,” he added. 

“The record, I repeat, is a great achievement above all because after these 13 wins in a row we took 39 points. The other situations are not important for us. 

“This type of game gives you great motivation. Now every team wants to stop our run, not only Tottenham.

“If you see the table, we have only five points more than second-placed Liverpool, and seven points more than Manchester City, and, if Arsenal beat Bournemouth today, we are only six points from them.”

Conte continued: “The league is very open, and we are only in the first game of the second part of the season. 

 “Tomorrow we know we will have a really tough game against Tottenham.

“If after the game we have eight points more than the second team we will be pleased, but this league is very tough and you can lose points any game.” 

With the return of Pedro, Conte said he was pleased with the selection headache once again. 

“I like to have my players in good form and then make the best choice for the game,” he explained. 

“I prefer to have this problem. For sure now we have Pedro, Willian, Hazard and Costa in good form and good shape. 

“I have to decide the starting XI, but I think you win the game in 95 minutes, and it’s important to have all my players available, and above all in good form.”


Football: Why Mikel seek advice from Drogba before Marseille move

mikel_obi2 Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has reportedly sought advice from former Chelsea over a possible move to French club Olympique Marseille.

Mikel who is out of contract at Chelsea at the end of this season is rumoured to be heading to the former European champions when the transfer window reopens in January.

The midfielder has not  featured for the Blues this season and seems not to be in the plans of coach Antonio Conte.

According to a report in the Evening Standard, Mikel has been quizzing Chelsea legend Drogba about the French club.

The former Lyn Oslo of Norway star is said to respect the former Ivory Coast captain opinion and is ready to make the switch.
Drogba joined Chelsea from Marseille in 2004, while Mikel joined in 2006.


Mikel gears up to sign for Marseille

…Club to make him highest-paid player

895d6-mikel As you are reading this, French Ligue 1 side Marseille  may have succeeded in convincing  out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi to shun big-money move  to the Chinese Super League to help revive the club.

Former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, who  bought Marseille in October, had promised to invest heavily in the January transfer window to help manager Rudi Garcia  build a team  that could be European champions.

Les Phoceens were ready to rescue Mikel  from  his Chelsea nightmare in the summer  but the player’s  reported £3.4m-a-year  salary  reportedly  aborted  the  move.

With McCourt ready to spend in January – and Mikel yet to play a single game for Chelsea since the beginning of the season – reports in France on Sunday claimed Marseille were ready to sign the 29-year-old.

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr also  confirmed Mikel, whose contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the season,  was in talks with Marseille.

“I saw him in London. He  is in advanced discussions with OM. Marseille is a serious option for him,” the German told Europe 1.

Chinese moneybags Shanghai SIPG  reportedly offered   Mikel £170,000 per week to move to Asia but Europe 1 believes the 2013 Africa Cup  of Nations winner will move to Stade Velodrome next month as  he will be a key player at the project at Marseille.

Garcia   has said  he will only sign top players in January  and believes Mikel will  bring a wealth of experience playing at the top level to help the side.


Mikel, who represented Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil,  has  won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Europa League since he joined Chelsea from Norwegian club Lyn Oslo  in 2006.

Additional from Punch

Mikel Obi releases statement over Chelsea punishing him for participating at Rio 2016 Olympics rumour

895d6-mikelMikel Obi has denied the reports that he is being punished by Premier League club Chelsea FC for playing at the 2016 Rio Olympics for Nigeria.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Super Eagles captain said the comments made by Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr were mistranslated and taken out of context by the media. Rohr had claimed that the 29-year-old footballer is being punished by Chelsea coach, Antonio Conte because he had left pre-season camp to play at the Olympics.

Read the statement below: 

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