Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has sent his best wishes to Nigeria’s Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel following his departure from Stamford Bridge.
Mikel confirmed his exit in an open letter to Chelsea supporters on Friday, January 6, after he completed his move to Chinese Super League club Tainjin TEDA.But Conte has admitted that the 29-year-old Nigerian was an important player for Chelsea.
However, the Italian believes it was time for Mikel to move on to greener pastures after ten and a half years at Stamford Bridge.
Conte told Chelseafc.com: “First of all, it’s important to say thanks to Obi for this period he worked with me.
“He showed always a great attitude and great behaviour with me and I wish him and his family the best.
“Obi played many years with this club, he won a lot with this club and he was a really important player, but I think there are moments you want to change, to find a new experience, and for this reason I wish for him the best.”
After nearly 11 years at Chelsea, Mikel won 11 trophies which include; three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League.
His contract with Tianjin Teda will run out at the end of the 2019 season having agreed a three-year deal.