Nigeria and Tianjin Teda influential midfielder John Mikel Obi has moved to clear the air on the persistent speculation linking him on a move back to Europe.
The former Chelsea midfielder was reported to be in transfer talks with new Everton boss Sam Allardyce, who is keen on bringing Mikel back to the Premier League.
Be that as it may, the Super Eagles captain has moved to eliminate any speculation about his future when he talked through Tianjin Teda official channel on Monday.
Mikel told Tianjin TV: “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.”
Mikel Obi assumed a key role in Tianjin Teda’s battle to survive relegation after they spent a noteworthy part of last season at the wrong end of the table.
The 30-year-old made 13 CSL appearances last season, scoring once, as Teda finished thirteenth on the CSL log, nine points clear of swimming in relegation waters.