Mikel to stay in China despite link to Everton

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Former Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi has denied he would return to the English Premier League in January from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda to join Everton.

Mikel in action for Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda

Some reports had claimed the 30-year-old would leave Tianjin after an injury-hit first season since moving from Stamford Bridge, with Everton leading the chase.

But Mikel said he had no intention to leave the Chinese Super League.

“I don’t know where such a rumour came from, but this story is untrue,” he told Tianjin TV.

“I want to stay in the Chinese Super League and play for Teda. I‘m sure there will be lots of speculation about me as the transfer window nears but this is a false rumour.”

Mikel will represent his country at the World Cup finals in Russia in June, playing for Nigeria’s Super Eagles in the country’s sixth appearance.

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