Mikel arrived in Stoke on Monday to complete his medal and signed a one-year deal Photo Credit: Stoke City Twitter

Former Nigerian International John Obi Mikel has signed a one-year deal with Stoke, thereby returning for a third spell in English football.

The former Chelsea midfielder, who won eight major honors during his 11-year spell at Stamford Bridge, is the Championship club’s fourth signing since the end of the 2019-20 season.

Since leaving Chelsea for Chinese club Tianjin TEDA in January 2017, Mikel, 33, had a short stint with Middlesbrough before joining Turkish side Trabzonspor on a two-year deal in the summer of 2019. He left Trabzonspor in March after agreeing to end his contract.

Manager Michael O’Neill said: “We’re delighted to bring John to the Club. His playing career speaks for itself and underlines his caliber as a player. We spent four hours talking and he made it clear he wants to get back into the Premier League and finish his career there and hopefully, he can do that with Stoke City.”

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