Ex-Chelsea star Mikel signs for Stoke Stoke City have announced the signing of former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel on a free transfer. The 33-year-old was a free agent after leaving Trabzonspor earlier this year and has now linked up with the Championship outfit on a short-term deal. “We’re delighted to bring John to the club," Stoke boss Michael O'Neill said. "His playing career speaks for itself and underlines his calibre as a player. “We spent four hours talking and he made it clear he wants to get back into the Premier League and finish his career there and hopefully he can do that with Stoke City.”