Tianjin TEDA manager Jaime Pacheco has expressed his happiness at having Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi in his team saying its what the team need to move forward.
Pacheco told Chinese daily teda.enorth.com.cn that much is expected from Mikel as he his banking on the former Chelsea man to improve the Chinese club, he then called on his players to accept and make Mikel feel at home in the new club.
“We have two foreign players (Mikel and Zhou Haibin) who have joined the team and they are able to improve the team’s strength, so we want to welcome them and hope that every player will be able to accept them.”
The former Chelsea midfielder agreed a £140,000 a week deal with the Chinese Super League side last week.
Speaking on expectations, Mikel said: “Although I am not too familiar with the Chinese Super League. But I have learned some new things here this few days, and before coming to China, I asked Oscar for advice and he told me that I should come to China to play.
“The players welcomed me well and their attitude was very pleasant. There’s an harmonious atmosphere, the club executives are very satisfied. I believe the players can feel do well this year.”