“Contract extensions have been activated to retain the services of defender James
Chester and midfielder John Obi Mikel,”reads a statement on the club website.
The 34-year-old, who signed for the Potters last summer after leaving Turkish Super Lig
side Trabzonspor is now expected to remain at the Bet 365 stadium until the summer
Mikel played 41 times for the Potters in the 2020/21 season and was one of the most
important players for the campaign.
Stoke manager Michael O’Neill had previously praised the midfielder for his scintillating
showings hailing his signing as ‘brilliant’.
“I’ve just said to him in the dressing room that I hope we can get that player on loan
from Chelsea again next season,” O’Neill told Stoke on Trent Live.
“You can see with performances like that why he was at Chelsea for such a length of time
in his career. He’s been a top player who has won everything in the game.
“He’s been a brilliant signing. When we’re compact as a team we get the best of John.
He’s very positive around the club, a lot of help for the young players and I’m delighted
to have him.”
Mikel enjoyed a trophy-laden career at Chelsea, including winning the Champions
League, Europa League and Premier League titles among others.