Super Eagles really need the experience and intelligence of Captain Mikel John Obi

Super Eagles and Tianjin Teda skipper, John Obi Mikel has described news linking him with a January return to the English Premier League as false, stating that he’s committed to his club and will see out his contract, can report.

The former Chelsea midfielder, who spent close to 11 years at Stamford Bridge before departing for China to link up with Tianjin Teda in January, is been admired by new Everton boss Sam Allardyce, while fellow EPL club, West Ham United are also keen on adding the Nigerian to boost their squad.

However, who spoke with China-based Tianjin TV, said that he does not know where such rumours are emanating from and that he is fully committed to seeing out his contract with the club.

“I want to stay in the CSL and play for [Tianjin] Teda. I’m sure there will be lots of speculations about me as the transfer window nears, but it all false.

“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 said.

Reports in the UK suggest that three Premier League clubs have expressed interest in Mikel ahead of the winter transfer window.