John Obi Mikel was handed the remaining six months of his Chelsea contract up front when he left for China, according to reports.

The 29-year-old left the Blues to play for Tianjin TEDA after it was made clear he wasn’t part of Antonio Conte’s plans at Stamford Bridge.

He’s thought to have netted himself a healthy pay rise in his trans-continental switch, with reports suggesting he now earns around £140,000-a-week.

OwngoalNigeria report Mikel was also given a £2m severance package from Chelsea when he signed for Tianjin as a reward for his long service.

The Nigerian has been in west London for 11 seasons, winning two Premier League titles, the Champions League and a handful of domestic trophies.

Along the way he’s made 374 appearances in all competitions.

And because of that, Chelsea were happy to pay him the remainder of his contract before he leaves the club.