Mikel joined Tianjin TEDA in January and the deal runs until 2019.
“I want to stay in the CSL and play for [Tianjin] TEDA. I’m sure there will be lots of speculation about me as the transfer window nears but it is a false rumour
“The CSL lags behind the Premier League, but their level is still quite high. I believe more matches will help me get in shape for the 2018 World Cup.
“I just hope to stay injury-free next year and have an amazing season with TEDA”