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Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel said the Italian manager was among the reasons why he left Stamford Bridge earlier last season.

Antonio Conte told reporters the Nigerian midfielder was keen on a move to Chinese Super League to make a new experience following 11 years with the Blues.

However, Mikel himself believes Conte’s lack of respect and appreciation towards ‘players who have been there before and who made this club what it is today’ made the difference in his decision to leave the West London club in 2017.

Speaking ahead of international friendly game against England National team at Wembley, he said: “Definitely it was the right time [to leave] because when you have a manager who… you have to come in whoever you are – manager or player – there are people who have been there before who made this club what it is today”.

“Chelsea was nowhere near what it is 10, 15 years ago. There are players that build and build and build, then it’s all about respect. When you don’t get that from  you deal with it, you move on.

“My connection with the club has not changed because of the manager or because of a certain person. My relationship with the club remains. I am a blue and I want to remain that way for years and years to come”.

Obi Mikel spoke out also on Roman Abramovich: “It doesn’t concern me at all. The club is in really good hands, run by Marina [Granovskaia] now. She loves the club. I think she makes decisions purely on the betterment of the club, which is how a club should be run. She does exactly what Roman wants her to do”.

“Roman loves the club. He has devoted his time, money into this football club. He has made Chelsea what it is today. I don’t care what anyone says, Roman made Chelsea what Chelsea is today and I think, because of the amount of wealth he has brought into this country, everybody owes him a little bit of appreciation.”

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Chelsea and Everton are still interested in Atalanta youngster Franck Kessie, according to Goal.com.

It has been reported that Antonio Conte‘s side have a £22m bid rejected by the Italian side, while Ronald Koeman wants him to strengthen the midfield.

Anyway, still no agreement on price has been reached, with Atalanta reportedly asking around £30m for the Ivory Coast star.

Also Manchester United are keeping tabs on Kessie, but Chelsea are said to be leading the race following the departure of John Mikel Obi, who joined Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA last week.

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“I could easily have stayed in Chelsea for the remaining six months of my contract but it won’t be in the best interest of my nation, as they need me match fit when the World Cup 2018 qualifiers resume,” former Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi told Owngoalnigeria.com.

“It wasn’t an easy decision to make but I seriously need matches to stay fit for Nigeria”. 

The 29-year-old joined Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA last week: “Nigerians don’t deserve to miss out on the World Cup after back-to-back failure to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations. – he added – I haven’t featured as much this season as I would have liked and at 29 I still have many years in the game ahead of me”.

“With this in mind, I feel now is the time to seek a new challenge. I’m delighted to be joining Tianjin TEDA at a time that the Chinese Super League is really taking off.” 

Then Obi Mikel ended: “I look forward to helping Tianjin continue to grow both on and off the pitch in the next few years.”

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JOHN OBI MIKEL can’t go on temporary loan in his last six months.

Despite the Christmas festive holiday acts of goodwill it is clear that no team in Europe or abroad will be able to receive the talented gifted Chelsea Midfielder. This is due to per FIFA regulations which do not permit a player in the final six months of a current deal to go on loan to another team. This was exclusively revealed on the Nigerian football website, OWNGOALNIGERIA.COM

The Nigerian Skipper has indeed been rumoured to be heading out of Stamford Bridge due to being left out of the team this season by new Blues Manager ANTONIO CONTE. Own Goal Nigeria claim that MIKEL has not only been ‘frozen out’ by CONTE but is now being held by FIFA and not able to go out on loan in January.

With six months left on his contract, MIKEL can only possibly leave on a permanent transfer rather than a temporary loan. He has options to go outside the Premier League and Europe as far as China where teams such as Shanghai SIPG, Hebei Fortune and Shanghai Shenhua have all shown a keen interest.

JOHN OBI MIKEL, now Chelsea’s second longest serving player an already a Chelsea current legend in the making; has been believed to be considering staying in Europe to continue his career. His family is quite a young family and he wants to remain in Europe instead of making a decision to drastically move so far as China. However, the money earned in China will indeed be much more and maybe considered to be worth the move by some. The clubs in Europe which are an option include Marseille and Inter Milan. As with other players who have gone from the Premier League to other teams in Europe, MIKEL may end up gaining further success there. Players such as FABREGAS, MOSES, LUIS and even LAMPARD have gone away to other teams and came back to Stamford Bridge. On this occasion however, while MIKEL after eleven seasons at Chelsea has still not featured asks the question whether he will consider going now with the hope to return under different circumstances similar to his fellow Nigerian team mate, VICTOR MOSES.





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World News: Nigerian Star-Skipper John Obi Mikel

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is giving JON OBI MIKEL a ‘raw deal’ this season say fans online a Mirror Sport poll last month and since then he (Mikel) is still is not featuring in games this season. After captaining the Nigerian International team with a vital goal to take them into the semi-finals of the summer Olympics this year, 60% of the online poll thinks so. The Mirror Sport Poll can be found here on: http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/nigeria-boss-blasts-antonio-conte-9242096

Nigeria Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is quoted by saying: “There is a reason why Mikel is not playing for Chelsea right now and that reason is because he played for Nigeria at the Olympics”. Rohr went on to say that: ‘He (Mikel) was punished for that’ and added further by saying: “I cannot punish a player who loves his country and shows that he loves the Green jersey. I am not happy with what is happening to Mikel at his club because he is my captain.

“I spoke about this with Mikel and the club’s technical director [Michael Emenalo]. Mikel is training very well and he plays games in training with the big players at Chelsea.

The Nigerian 29-year old, who at present may seem to be out casted from the team unlike his fellow Nigerian Chelsea team mate, Victor Moses has commented by acknowledging that for the first time in his career this is happening to him.

Conte manager of the blues has not said he is totally ruling out Mikel in the team despite rumours of Mikel heading out in the January window. He has said that Mikel has been ‘struggling with injuries’ even though sources close to the Chelsea Midfielder claim ‘Mikel is not injured and is concerned’. Also All Nigeria Soccer was told by a top source that apparently ‘Mikel is not injured’ and is ‘bothered about why he is not being played’.

Mikel has options reports say and it is not just the fact that teams abroad are interested but also his former blues manager, Jose Mourinho. Reports also suggest that Mikel is studying these options and will make a decision in this month of December. If that be the case, Christmas may come on time with a star-midfielder as a precious gift. Mikel who can play as a midfielder as well as an attacking midfielder who can potentially score goals like he does for his country is a Chelsea legend in the making. He has played 374 times for the blues across 11 seasons and featured in the second part of last season under short-term manager, Guus Hiddink.

80% of fans online have made their voices clear in a Metro Sport Poll asking: ‘Should Obi Mikel leave Chelsea?’by answering ‘Yes’ while 19% voted: ‘No’ that ‘he can still do a job’. This can be viewed here via the Metro Sport Website Weblink: http://metro.co.uk/2016/12/01/chelsea-boss-antonio-conte-lied-about-john-obi-mikels-injury-source-claims-6296513/

With rumours of different interests in JOHN OBI MIKEL including Marseille and Manchester United, can he still do a job at Chelsea in this 2016/17 season despite not being given a start? We will have to wait and see. The Chelsea midfielder after winning a bronze medal at the Olympics in the summer has been said to be training well despite injury struggles and so he still will be a great asset to Chelsea and any team he plays for still building off the Nigerian’s Olympic confidence and hard-earned success.


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AC Milan and Inter Milan are lining up a January move to sign Chelsea midfielder Mikel John Obi, according to reports in England.

The Nigeria skipper is struggling to get playing time under new manager Antonio Conte so far and his contract is due to expire in June 2017.

Moreover, the Express recently reported that also Olympique Marseille are keeping tabs on the 29-year-old.

Mikel joined the Blues in 2006 from Norwegian side Fotballklubben Lyn Oslo.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed captain John Terry is still recovering from his ankle injury and won’t be able to feature against Hull City tomorrow.

“He did not recover from his ankle injury – Conte admitted – we’ll see him after the international break”.

“Also Mikel has a small problem, anyway we have all the other players available” the Italian manager ended.

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Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi is not worried as his contract will expire at the end of the season.

The Nigeria international told Goal.com: “I have one year left, when you have a year left as a football player, you have to start planning and start thinking about what’s going to happen at the end of the season.”

Anyway, Mikel is reportedly eager to held talks over a potential extension: “Yes, there are going to be rumours, yes, there are going to be conversations between clubs – he said – When you have a year left, in January, you are allowed to talk to other clubs and sign a pre-contract or have an agreement so, yes, I will talk to other clubs because you never know what is going to happen.”

“I’ve been here for a long, long time. I’ve spent 11 years of my life in this football club, it is my home”.

“This season is the last at the club if my contract ends. I am quite relaxed about it, the future looks good.”

Mikel was linked with a move to the Chinese Super League in the future and admitted that this would be an opportunity if he failed to renew his deal with the Blues.

“If there’s none – the 29-year-old said – the future still looks bright. One day you have to move on. I think my memories here, my achievements here, are something that no one will ever take away from me.

“I will decide where is best for me and my family, you don’t just wake up as a single man and sign wherever, it has to be good for you, the family, the kids, so it is about the package. The best decision has to be made.”

“If it is going to be the Premier League there will be options. If it is China or some other places, we will see. One thing is for sure, I will make the best decision.”

Then Mikel ended: “I have won everything there is to win with this football club. We were the first London club to win the Champions League, and forever I will be one of the first players to win the Champions League for Chelsea. Those memories will never go away.”



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Chelsea midfielder Mikel John Obi believes his teammate Diego Costa has the potential to ward off the critics the whole team received following the disappointing 2015-16 campaign with the Blues.

“I definitely think he can get even better – Mikel told Goal – He can score more goals, he can help the team even more, but Diego is a player that likes to find and doesn’t give up”.

“He knows that everyone had a bad season last year so I think this season he is trying to prove people wrong and he has started well and hopefully he will have a very good season.”

“I think Costa is a very emotional player – the Nigeria international star continued – He likes to win and he wants to win. He wants to be better than the opponent and there’s no problem with that, but I think with his emotion, a lot of clubs have seen that and have maybe, yes, come into target him”.

The 29-year-old midfielder led Nigeria national team to the Olympic bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro this summer and has just returned to Cobham following a period of rest.

“Some come in to provoke him and try to get him sent off. At the same time, he wants to win and that is what makes him the player hie is today, if you take that from him he won’t be the same Costa”.

“You have to give him that freedom to express himself but sometimes you have to pull him back a little bit and tell him to calm down. You definitely don’t take that away from him, he is an emotional player, let him express himself and play the way he wants to play.”

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Chelsea star John Mikel Obi led Nigeria national team to the Olympic bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro this summer and has just returned to Cobham following a period of rest.

He met for the first time his new manager Antonio Conte and, when asked about his feelings after winning a medal, he told the club’s official website: “I hadn’t played in an Olympics before, I missed out in 2008 in Beijing and in 2012 we didn’t qualify for London, so I spoke to the club and got their permission to go”.

“It was an amazing experience to play with the Under-23s and lead the team – Mikel added – being the captain of the nation leading it to Rio. I’m very, very proud”.

“As a footballer you probably only get one opportunity to play in the Olympics, it was a great experience and the Brazilian fans were amazing too. They supported us all the way and wanted us to do well, to make the final. It was one of the best tournaments I’ve had”.


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