Super Eagles’ captain, Mikel John Obi could be on his way back to European football after a close source to the player disclosed that the Tianjin midfielder misses life in Europe and wants to get closer to his family, AOIFootball.com reports.
Mikel, 31, currently has 18 months left on his current deal with Teda after joining on a free transfer from Chelsea after being a target of Valencia and Marseille.
“He misses European football. He (Mikel) could return to Europe in January because of his family and friends.
“But for now he remains a Tianjin player and will do everything possible to help the club achieve their aim this season. He is a top professional and will decide on what to do at the end of the season,” the source disclosed.
Having previously played in Norway and England, Mikel could seek a journey to another top European country as he bids to get closer to his family who are currently based in the UK.
Mikel began his career at Norwegian club FK Lyn before been in the center of a transfer tussle between Manchester United and Chelsea with the midfielder joining the later, spending 10 years with the London club as he established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world.
With 86 caps he remains the country’s most experienced player and could be key to Nigeria’s quest to reach the 2019 Afcon in Cameroon after failing to reach the finals in 2015 and 2017 respectively.