Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, has denied rumours linking him with a return to the Premier League with Merseyside outfit Everton.
Mikel spent over a decade at reigning champions Chelsea before moving to Chinese Super League (CSL) side, Tianjin Teda, on a free transfer in January.
Almost a year after leaving English football, the former Lynn Oslo of Norway has been linked with a move back to Everton but any potential move has been shut down by Mikel himself.
He debunked the Everton rumours in a chat with Tianjin TV. In his words, Mikel said: “I don’t know from where such a rumour could come, but this story is untrue.”
“I want to stay in the CSL and play for 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.” he concluded.
Mikel scored six goals and made 13 assists in 372 appearances for Chelsea.