JOHN MIKEL OBI was asked which Chelsea player would be the best Pope in a hilarious interview – and it’s bad news for David Luiz.
The Nigeria international, 29, doesn’t think Luiz would be much good at the Vatican – and even branded him a “terrible” option!
Asked who would be the best, Mikel told Four Four Two magazine: “I don’t think any of us would get anywhere close to that.”
When put to him that David Luiz could be a good choice, Mikel replies: “Absoolutely no chance!
“He is a bad one, the worst one. He’d be a terrible Pope.”
The suggestion of Cesar Azpilicueta is one Mikel warms to before settling on back-up goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
He says: “Cesar might be all right but I think I’ll go for Asmir Begovic.
“He’s a very good guy. I think he could be a nice Pope.”
Mikel swapped London for China last week after agreeing a move to Tianjin Teda.
Ray Wilkins: This player is not good enough for Chelsea
RAY WILKINS claims Michy Batshuayi is not good enough for Chelsea.
The 23-year-old was snapped up from Marseille in the summer for £32m.
He’s struggled for game time this season, but featured against Peterborough in the FA Cup yesterday and bagged a goal.
However, he performance wasn’t enough to convince Wilkins that he’s a good enough to understudy for Diego Costa.
When asked if Batshuayi could replace the maverick Spain international on a regular basis, he told Sky Sports: “No, in my humble opinion.
“Yesterday when i watched him play, he was like a guy who’d been starved of playing for the first-team.
“He was out to impress so badly – he really wanted to do well.
“He ran everywhere, his ball control was pretty poor when it was played up to him.
When you’ve got Costa in they type of form he’s in, I don’t think Batshuayi would be the answer to come in.
“When they play Pedro, Willian and Hazard up front I was questioning why he didn’t play Batshuayi.
“And now i can see why he didn’t – because he doesn’t have that control of the ball.”
Ray Wilkins makes big claim following Nathan Ake’s return to Chelsea
CHELSEA hero Ray Wilkins is confused by Nathan Ake’s return to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues yesterday confirmed the Dutch defender will return to west London following a successful loan spell at Bournemouth.
Antonio Conte revealed he was impressed with Ake’s performances for the Cherries and felt he was ready to be a part of Chelsea’s squad.
However, former Blues coach Wilkins reckons the move will not help the youngster.
“Ake can fill in but I think he’ll just be a number,” he told Sky Sports.
“I don’t think he’ll play. I bet Nathan is a little distraught this morning.
“He was playing week in-week out at Bournemouth and playing very well.
“He’s coming back into the Chelsea fold but will he play? I don’t think so.
“Conte doesn’t change the team unless a player is burnt out.
“But they’re not playing European football so that doesn’t happen.”