Nigeria and Tiajin Teda midfielder John Mikel Obi has moved to clear the air on continued speculation linking him on a move back to Europe.
The former Chelsea midfielder was reported to be in talks with Everton with new Toffees boss Sam Allardyce keen to bring Mikel back to Europe.
But the Nigerian skipper has moved to clear the air about his future when he spoke through his club official channel on Monday.
Mikel told Tianjin TV: “I don’t know from where such a rumour could come, but this story is untrue.
“I want to stay in the CSL and play for Teda. I’m sure there will be lots of speculation about me as the transfer window nears but it is a false rumour.
“The CSL lags behind the Premier League, but their level is still quite high. I believe more matches will help me get in shape for the 2018 World Cup.
“I just hope to stay injury free next year and have an amazing season with Teda.”
Mikel Obi played a key role in Tianjin Teda’s battle to survive relegation after they spent a major part of last season at the wrong end of the table.
The 30-year-old made 13 CSL appearances last season, scoring once, as Teda finished 13th, two places but nine points clear of the relegation zone.