Captain of the senior national team, John Mikel Obi has advised footballers who are below age 30 not to go to China if they really want their career to flourish.
Mikel Obi joined Chinese football club Tianjin Tigers in January 2017 from English Premier League club Chelsea after finding game time difficult to come by under Antonio Conte.
Having made 374 appearances for Chelsea, he confirmed his departure on social media, saying it was “time for me to say goodbye” after 10 years at Stamford Bridge.
But two years after joining Tianjin Tigers, Mikel Obi left the club by mutual consent with a year left on his deal.
Offering counsel to young folks, the 31-year-old said they should not fall for the mouthwatering deals which may come from a team from the East Asian country.
“I certainly wouldn’t say to anyone under the age of 30 to go there,” he says. “They will regret it if they do”.
“My advice to anyone thinking about going has a long think about it, you have to go at the right time. It’s worth doing for a couple of years if only to learn a different culture, to give yourself an experience that takes you out of your comfort zone, but do not be tempted by the money if you are young.”