Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte has praised Mikel Obi’s contribution to ‘The Blues’ in the 10 years he was at the club.
Mikel has left for Chinese club Tianjin Teda after he lost his first-team place on arrival of Conte at Stamford Bridge.
Conte said he believes the move will be a new challenge for the captain of Nigeria after an eventful time at Chelsea.
“Mikel played many years with this club and won a lot. But there is a moment you want to change, get a new experience,” Conte said at a media briefing adding “I wish for him and his family the best.”
The former Lyn of Norway midfielder joined Chelsea in 2006 after controversially opting out of a contract with Premier League rivals Manchester United.
Besides winning all the major honours in England, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) winner also won the UEFA Champions League and Europa League with the Blues.