Mikel ‘rejected mega offers’ in hope of Chelsea stay

Date published: Monday 2nd May 2016 3:35

John Obi Mikel: Linked with Man Utd move

John Obi Mikel reportedly rejected offers from Turkish giants Galatasaray and Fenerbahce in January in a bid to impress Chelsea and try and secure a new deal.

The 29-year-old attracted interest from the pair in January, with reports claiming he could have doubled his salary to £110,000 a week, though the Nigerian rejected their advances to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Mikel has spent 10 years in West London, playing over 230 times for the Blues.

However, earlier in the season playing time became a problem for Mikel having fallen down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho.

He pulled no punches in his assessment of Mourinho, in an interview with Goal.

“I think confidence is everything, if a manager doesn’t believe in you, trust me there’s no way you can succeed,” Mikel stated.

“Even if you do things right he would always make sure he finds fault. People change in any walk of life, maybe he decided he wanted to do better in a different way and he didn’t need me any more.

“He didn’t have the belief that he had in me before, which is fine because every manager has the player that they have trust in.”

Since Guus Hiddink’s return as interim manager, Mikel has been on a resurgence in form, starting every game this calendar year except for Newcastle at home and Norwich away.

Mikel’s agent John Shittu alerted suitors in March by stating his client has not yet decided his future.

“Chelsea have approached him for an extension,” Shittu explained.

“But he said after the season he’ll decide. He has many teams interested – almost three clubs in China want him.”


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    Oli Fisher

    John Obi Mikel reportedly rejected offers from Turkish giants Galatasaray and Fenerbahce in the hope of securing a new contract at Chelsea.

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    Almost three clubs in China? So two then!



    According to John Shittu…not sure if thats his agent or a description of Mikels style of football!!

    And WTF is almost 3 clubs!!!



    Niblue…shit or whatever,Obi Mikel’s still getting selected to play so he’s got to be doing something right contrary to what we believe on here!.Honestly mate,if our televisions didn’t have volumes or we were all country bumpkins and couldn’t read a newspaper to the naked eye of a lay man watching Claude Makelele play for Chelsea they would say he was a waste of space who didn’t achieve much but it’s well documented oficianados and erudites of the game say he was the best playing in that position!.Likewise with Obi Mikel,numerous managers at Chelsea swear by him by keep picking him.Phenominor or what?



    Mtal – I would venture to say…”or what”…!!

    This argument about Mikle has raged for years with mostly the Adfrican contingent of posters supporting him as if the rest of us had some kind of agenda against Mikel..?

    IMO, based on the early hype and fighting to prize Mikel away from ManU – I would say that he has greatly underperformed at Chelsea. He has, by and large, proven to be a good squad player with his forte now almost being to come on when we look to close down a game. Only Hiddink has ever played Mikel consistently

    After all these years he still makes the same mistakes, he still slows the game down and does not use his physique as much as he possibly could. However, he seems to have adapted to that role and is the type of player all teams need in their squads

    IMO, Mikel should never start a big game for Chelsea (regardless of how well he did in Munich) but can be relied on to come and do a job when required. KTBFFFH

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