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Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel to join UAE’s Al Ain

The Nigerian player considered the move due to his lack of opportunities under Jose Mourinho

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Chelsea football star John Obi Mikel is reportedly leaving English football for Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates, UK’s The Telegraph reported Tuesday.

The Nigerian player, who has been playing at Stamford Bridge since 2006, considered the move due to his lack of opportunities under Jose Mourinho.

Speaking about Mikel’s move, former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan, who currently plays for Al Ain, said: "I heard it this week that he has agreed terms with Al Ain and will most definitely be playing for us next season.

"It’s great news for us because Mikel is a very good player and very experienced.

"It will be exciting playing with him in the same team, because I believe both of us, with the help of our other colleagues, can do more for the club."

The 28-year-old won 10 trophies with the Blues including two Premier League titles.