Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has taken the time to praise Nigerian midfielder John Mikel Obi after the 29-year-old completed a move to Chinese Premier League club, Tianjin TEDA on Friday.
The Super Eagles captain secured a permanent transfer to the Chinese club after spending over a decade at Stamford Bridge.
Mikel signed a four-year-deal in the Far East which is thought to be worth £140,000-a-week.
Mikel was well-loved in the stands at Stamford Bridge and Conte was quick to praise his attitude.
“I want to say thanks to Obi, for this period when he worked with me.
“He showed great attitude. I wish him and family the best.
“I hope that these offers from China finish with Mikel and Oscar,” he said in his press conference on Friday.
The Super Eagles captain took to social media to pen an emotional farewell message to fans.
“To play for Chelsea, to become part of the Chelsea family, to work with some of the best managers and players in the world, has truly been an honour.
“Every achievement I have been part of in my time at Chelsea holds a special memory: my first goal, against Macclesfield in 2007 (even though there were only five more after that!).
“To everyone at Chelsea – goodbye, and thank you,” he added. “You will always be part of who I am, and I wish you the best of luck,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
Mikel didn’t feature in a single minute’s worth of competitive action under Conte at Chelsea.
The former Lyn Oslo man penned an emotional farewell to Blues fans earlier today in which he thanked everyone at the club and assured that they would always be a part of who he was.