By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has confirmed his move to Chinese Super League club Tianjin TEDA via his Twitter handle and a letter to Chelsea fans, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The Nigeria midfielder who underwent a medical in an unnamed hospital in London on Thursday changed his profile page on Twitter and wrote a long letter to his fans via his handle, thanking them and recounting his memorable moments at Chelsea.
"I am delighted to be joining Tianjin TEDA FC at ta time the Chinese SuPer League is really taking off, and I look forward to helping Tianjin TEDA FC continue to grow both on and off the pitch in the next few years," Mikel wrote.
Mikel who made 374 appearances for the Blues also thanked the club owner Roman Abramovich and all the coaches he played under during his over 10-year spell at the club.
"Every achievement I have been part of in my time at Chelsea holds special memory: my first goal against Macclesfield Town in 2007 (even though there were only five more after that!). The nail biting end to the 2010 season- securing the title on the last day, scoring 103 goals in the process and winning the FA Cup a week later.
"Didier Drogba's extra time winner against Manchester United in 2007 FA Cup final. Beating two of our biggest London rivals in the League Cup finals, Winning the Europa League in Amsterdam, with one of the last kicks of the game."
"Then there was Munich. We were desperate to make up for the disappointment of 2008 final but trailing with two minutes to go, against bayern in their own stadium, it seemed that once more luck was trailing against us but that night, with lions on our chest and the fans behind us we fought.
"Up popped Didier, the rest is history and to date we're still proudly the only team in London with a European Cup.
The 29 year old who did not feature for the Blues this term before his departure has been given a three-year deal and will reportedly earn £140,000 per week at Chinese club Tianjin.
Mikel won 11 major titles at Chelsea