SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE 26: John Obi Mikel of Nigeria looks on in the tunnel during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Argentina at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Patrick Smith - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)



Former Super Eagles skipper, John Obi Mikel has laughed off reports going around in the media that he will become Al-Kuwait’s highest earner after joining the club on a one-year deal, can authoritatively report.

The media has been awash with reports stating that the deal is worth $4 million and would make him the highest-paid player in the oil-rich kingdom.


The former Chelsea midfielder, who signed as a free agent, however, told exclusively from his base in London, that his desire to further explore football on another terrain motivated his move to the Gulf country, and figures being reported were not correct.


“Really? These amounts are funny you know. Sometimes I wonder how these guys get these figures but it is not true. I will obviously earn something but the figures being touted are just out of it,” Mikel clarified.


“I am already looking forward to linking up with the guys, hopefully by the 23rd. I should be with the team and then begin to prepare for the new season; we have a goal and I hope to help the club reach their objectives,” Mikel concluded.


The 2019/2020 League champions failed to defend their title as they finished 3rd on the 10- team table but now hope the arrival of the legend would spur them to a record-equalling 17 league titles, joining the likes of Al-Arabo and Al-Qadsia who have both won 17 each.