Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has declared that he took decision to move to the Super League in China in Nigeria’s interest.
The Tianjin Teda midfielder who is currently with the team at their training camp in Spain said the shock move to the Far East was primarily done to aid Nigeria’s push to be at the 2018 World Cup in Brazil.
Mikel was frozen out of the first team picture by coach of Chelsea Antonio Conte, but he remained a regular for the national team despite his lack of games at club level.
‘I could easily have stayed in Chelsea for the remaining six months of my contract but it won’t be in the best interest of my nation, as they need me match fit when the World Cup 2018 qualifiers resume,’Mikel said.
‘It wasn’t an easy decision to make but I seriously need matches to stay fit for Nigeria. Nigerians don’t deserve to miss out of the World Cup after back to back failure to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations.’