Stoke City of England midfielder, John Mikel Obi is seeking a milestone of gaining promotion to the English Premier League with The Potters, hence his decision to sign a contract extension with the Championship club, megasportsarena.com reports.
In contrast with expectations from many circles that the former Chelsea and Middlesbrough of England veteran would ditch The Potters because of their inability to move back to the EPL, the former Super Eagles’ captain opted to stay put.
Updated reports have now revealed that Mikel made the decision to stay with Stoke for another year because the 34-year-old icon wants to make history with the team he joined last summer after leaving Trabzonspor of Turkey by mutual agreement.
Stoke gleefully announced that Mikel, who has also previously played for Lyn Oslo of Norway and Tianjin Teda of China, as he became an influential figure in the middle of the pack for The Potters, with his form ultimately earning him a contract extension.
Mikel, who played 41 times in the English Championship, could only help Michael O’Neill side end the campaign in 14th spot with 60 points from 46 matches, but he is now hoping to help them challenge for promotion next season.
Consequently, ‘The Catalyst’ was early this month handed another one-year deal by the club, after Stoke activated a clause in his initial deal, which had been billed to end on June 30.