Folks, you remember Chelsea putting a crazy price tag on John Obi Mikel yesterday, but as it turns out, the Nigerian isn’t leaving the Bridge this summer after Mourinho blocked his proposed move!
According to the reports published in BBC:
“Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has refused to sanction the sale of midfielder John Mikel Obi, delivering a blow to United Arab Emirates suitors Al Ain and Al Wahda.”
As I said in the previous post, for all the criticism Obi Mikel gets, he has still managed to survive a plethora of managerial changes and has won every damn trophy on the show! He must be doing something right, I guess?
There’s more from BBC. Apparently a source close to the talks told BBC sport:
“There’s absolutely no truth to reports linking Mikel with a move to Turkey or any Chinese club for that matter. Only two clubs from the UAE showed strong interest last month but they could not meet his club’s valuation. Mikel has a contract with Chelsea until 2017, as things stand he will not be leaving the club this transfer window as speculated.”
Well, that settles it then! Another year of John Obi Mikel in the Blue shirt! I am beginning to wonder, the guy has been linked to an exit for the most part of his career, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he actually retires as a Blue!
With the arrival of Fabregas and guys like Ruben Loftus-Cheek knocking on the first team door, it is rather obvious that Mikel’s place is under threat. But the thing is, Mikel is not a starter. The Nigerian is a very capable backup who does the job for his team whenever he is called upon without moaning for the playing time. It’s near impossible to find a player of that kind who is satisfied with the bit part role and that’s what makes Mikel so valuable. Mourinho probably realizes that, hence the blocked move.
Cheers to another season of John Obi Mikel before the rumors return inevitably in the next transfer window!
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