Chelsea hero, John Mikel Obi, has named former teammate, Michael Essien, as the player who helped him during his time at Stamford Bridge.

 

 

Mikel explained that Essien always told him he was a good player and reminded him to bring the ball down, control and pass.

 

According to him, the former Ghanaian international made him have a lot of confidence in the game.

 

Mikel joined Chelsea in 2006, and didn’t leave the Blues until 2017.

 

 

The former Super Eagles captain made a total of 372 appearances for Chelsea in a career that saw him lift the Premier League trophy twice as well as the UEFA Champions League once in 2011/12.

 

 

“Suddenly, I was sharing a dressing room with all these players I had watched on television back in Africa,” Mikel told The Athletic.

 

“I was sitting next to Lassana Diarra. I would be there thinking, ‘Oh my God, it’s Didier Drogba. It’s Frank Lampard. It’s John Terry’.

 

“Michael Essien [who joined Chelsea from Lyon in the summer of 2005] really helped me. Michael always told me I was a good player and just reminded me to bring the ball down, control and pass.

 

“If you need to dribble, dribble. If you don’t need to, just pass. You are strong. You are fast, too. If you can, just push the ball past and run, run, run because they cannot catch you.

 

 

“He was the guy who really helped me and made me have a lot of confidence.”

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      Former Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, has admitted he had to sign for Chelsea in 2006, because the futures of three other Nigerian players were tied to the deal.

      Mikel spent 11 trophy-laden years at Stamford Bridge after signing from Norwegian club, Lyn Oslo.

      However, the transfer was enmeshed in controversy, as he had initially signed for Manchester United.

      Mikel Obi then claimed he was forced to put pen to paper for the Red Devils.

      This led to a legal battle between Lyn Oslo, Man Utd and Chelsea, while FIFA also intervened.

      At the end, Mikel Obi eventually signed for Chelsea, who paid a compensation fee of £12m to Manchester United and £4m to Lyn.

      During that period, three of Mikel Obi’s teammates at U-20 level, Chinedu Obasi, Emmanuel Sarki and Ezekiel Bala, were also undergoing trials at Stamford Bridge.

      Mikel Obi told The Athletic: “When I chose Chelsea, it wasn’t just my life that changed.

      “There were four lives that changed. Why? Because if I didn’t, Chelsea might not have anything to do with my three friends. I was close to them. I knew their families.

      “I didn’t just make the decision for myself. I thought about them, I thought about their families. This gave them more of a chance.”

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      KEHINDE OLUWATIMILEHIN says:
      October 14, 2021 at 8:39 AM
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      Nice

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      October 14, 2021 at 11:01 AM
      Good job Mikel obi

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      Life is nothing untill you start living it for other people just like what Mikel obi was trying to do

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      Life is nothing untill you start living it for other people just like what Mikel obi was trying to do

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      Thanks for sharing with us

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      Wowo

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      October 14, 2021 at 9:45 AM
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      EPL: I snubbed Man Utd for Chelsea to help three Nigerian players – Mikel Obi

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      Former Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, has admitted he had to sign for Chelsea in 2006, because the futures of three other Nigerian players were tied to the deal.

      Mikel spent 11 trophy-laden years at Stamford Bridge after signing from Norwegian club, Lyn Oslo.

      However, the transfer was enmeshed in controversy, as he had initially signed for Manchester United.

      Mikel Obi then claimed he was forced to put pen to paper for the Red Devils.

      This led to a legal battle between Lyn Oslo, Man Utd and Chelsea, while FIFA also intervened.

      At the end, Mikel Obi eventually signed for Chelsea, who paid a compensation fee of £12m to Manchester United and £4m to Lyn.

      During that period, three of Mikel Obi’s teammates at U-20 level, Chinedu Obasi, Emmanuel Sarki and Ezekiel Bala, were also undergoing trials at Stamford Bridge.

      Mikel Obi told The Athletic: “When I chose Chelsea, it wasn’t just my life that changed.

      “There were four lives that changed. Why? Because if I didn’t, Chelsea might not have anything to do with my three friends. I was close to them. I knew their families.

      “I didn’t just make the decision for myself. I thought about them, I thought about their families. This gave them more of a chance.”

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      Good job Mikel obi

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      Thanks for sharing with us

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      Wowo

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  1. The former Super Eagles captain made a total of 372 appearances for Chelsea in a career that saw him lift the Premier League trophy twice as well as the UEFA Champions League once in 2011/12.

  2. If you need to dribble, dribble. If you don’t need to, just pass. You are strong. You are fast, too. If you can, just push the ball past and run, run, run because they cannot catch you.
    That was good

  3. Thanks for the update Climaxtrend The former Super Eagles captain made a total of 372 appearances for Chelsea in a career that saw him lift the Premier League trophy twice as well as the UEFA Champions League once in 2011/12.

  4. Thanks for the update Climaxtrend Michael Essien [who joined Chelsea from Lyon in the summer of 2005] really helped me. Michael always told me I was a good player and just reminded me to bring the ball down, control and pass.

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    Former Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, has admitted he had to sign for Chelsea in 2006, because the futures of three other Nigerian players were tied to the deal.

    Mikel spent 11 trophy-laden years at Stamford Bridge after signing from Norwegian club, Lyn Oslo.

    However, the transfer was enmeshed in controversy, as he had initially signed for Manchester United.

    Mikel Obi then claimed he was forced to put pen to paper for the Red Devils.

    This led to a legal battle between Lyn Oslo, Man Utd and Chelsea, while FIFA also intervened.

    At the end, Mikel Obi eventually signed for Chelsea, who paid a compensation fee of £12m to Manchester United and £4m to Lyn.

    During that period, three of Mikel Obi’s teammates at U-20 level, Chinedu Obasi, Emmanuel Sarki and Ezekiel Bala, were also undergoing trials at Stamford Bridge.

    Mikel Obi told The Athletic: “When I chose Chelsea, it wasn’t just my life that changed.

    “There were four lives that changed. Why? Because if I didn’t, Chelsea might not have anything to do with my three friends. I was close to them. I knew their families.

    “I didn’t just make the decision for myself. I thought about them, I thought about their families. This gave them more of a chance.”

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    KEHINDE OLUWATIMILEHIN says:
    October 14, 2021 at 8:39 AM
    Thanks for the update Climaxtrend first to comment

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    October 14, 2021 at 8:42 AM
    Nice

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    Dada Omotayo says:
    October 14, 2021 at 9:49 AM
    Ok

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    Amaechi blessed says:
    October 14, 2021 at 10:43 AM
    Nice

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    Naanpoe Paul kamlong says:
    October 14, 2021 at 11:01 AM
    Good job Mikel obi

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    Olawoye Paul says:
    October 14, 2021 at 8:43 AM
    Wow first to comment

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    Peter Solomon says:
    October 14, 2021 at 8:43 AM
    Life is nothing untill you start living it for other people just like what Mikel obi was trying to do

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    Friday John says:
    October 14, 2021 at 8:59 AM
    Thanks for the update

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    Oluwadahun Johnsonx says:
    October 14, 2021 at 9:31 AM
    Life is nothing untill you start living it for other people just like what Mikel obi was trying to do

    REPLY
    Kurnap Fanap says:
    October 14, 2021 at 9:34 AM
    Thanks for sharing with us

    REPLY
    Nwenyim friday says:
    October 14, 2021 at 9:36 AM
    Wowo

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    bamidele michael oluwapelumi says:
    October 14, 2021 at 9:45 AM
    Thanks for the update climaxtrend

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    October 14, 2021 at 10:22 AM
    Thanks for the constant update

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    October 14, 2021 at 10:39 AM
    Thanks for the update

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    Casmir Oguguom says:
    October 14, 2021 at 10:44 AM
    Nice one brother

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    Prince-kelvin Linus says:
    October 14, 2021 at 10:50 AM
    During that period, three of Mikel Obi’s teammates at U-20 level, Chinedu Obasi, Emmanuel Sarki and Ezekiel Bala, were also undergoing trials at Stamford Bridge.

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    He has a very good scoring experience unlike others player that their presence in the pitch will not bring

  7. Chelsea hero, John Mikel Obi, has named former teammate, Michael Essien, as the player who helped him during his time at Stamford Bridge.
    Wonderful!

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