Story MIKEL URGES CHELSEA TO KEEP ALONSO AMID STRONG INTEREST FROM BARCA

According to reputed Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, talks between Barcelona and Chelsea are progressing well, with the Blaugrana increasingly optimistic about securing the services of the Chelsea defender in the ongoing transfer window. Marcos Alonso has endured a rollercoaster ride since joining Chelsea from Fiorentina six years ago. While the Spaniard has been in and out of the starting lineups in the last half a dozen years, he has often delivered the goods, particularly when he has started as a left wing-back.

StoryMESSI/RONALDO DEBATE: MIKEL MAKES HIS CHOICE

Nigerian star John Obi Mikel has made his choice from the legendary duo of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The former Chelsea and Stoke City midfielder was drawn into the two-decade rivalry of who's the best playerbetween Ronaldo and Messi during a recent radio interview. When asked about the rivalry, John Obi Mikel opted for Messi ahead of Ronaldo.

StoryMIKEL ANNOUNCES TALENT HUNT SHOWCASE

Former Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has announced a talent hunt showcase. The talent hunt showcase is called the Back2Base programme and it's designed to unearth new talents. John Obi Mikel has not restricted the showcase to football alone as it also covers basketball and tennis.

StoryPEJIC MAKES OBI MIKEL CLAIM

Ex-Stoke City player Mike Pejic is certain that the Potters would have made the Championship playoffs if they kept John Obi Mikel at the club beyond last summer. Pejic talked about John Obi Mikel in his column for the Stoke Sentinel. According to him, he saw enough of John Obi Mikel to believe that his former team would have finished in the top six with the Nigerian midfielder.

Story JOHN MIKEL OBI - A TRUE NIGERIA SUPER EAGLES LEGEND

Many don’t come to memory. Youngsters that got Nigeria spinning in the delight of what they’re seeing. The reality of the existence of such midfield talent left Nigerians clutching expectations. It gave life to the greatest dreams. They have a gem in their hands. The future. That night in 2005, the Flying Eagles may have lost to Argentina and Lionel Messi may have carted the best awards, but Nigerians were convinced that a fine piece of diamond was in the kitty. His name, John Obi Mikel.

StoryHOW MIKEL WAS TRICKED WITH QUOTE

Footballers are hardly very active on social media and as a result, they are rarely found in an awkward position such as the one that happened to former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel after the Nigerian was tricked to believing a fake quote from Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves on the Internet.

StoryMIKEL SAYS NIGERIA'S AFCON EXIT STILL HURTS

Former Nigeria international midfielder Joh Obi Mikel has revealed that it still hurts him how the Super Eagles were knocked out of the tournament. Following a stunning performance in all of their group games which saw them become the only team to win every single game in the group stages, Nigeria suffered a miserable 1-0 defeat at the hands of Tunisia in their first game of the knockout rounds. Tunisia and Nigeria were drawn against each other in the round of 16 but even though the latter were expected to go through to the next round, the former were the ones who sealed qualification by a goal to nil.

StoryMIKEL: POST-CHELSEA CAREER EXAMINED

Chelsea announced that they won’t be renewing the contract of John Obi Mikel who spent eleven years at the club. The announcement was made on November 4, 2016. He left the club at the end of his contract in West London in the summer of 2017. While he was still a Chelsea player, Chinese team Tianjin TEDA revealed that they have signed the Nigerian midfielder on a free transfer on January 6, 2017. He was at Tianjin TEDA until November 2018 when the 2018 Chinese Super League season ended.

StoryOBI MIKEL: 2009 FA COMMUNITY SHIELD

John Obi Mikel was in the Chelsea squad that saw off rivals Manchester United on penalties to win the 2009 FA Community Shield. The retired Nigerian international was in the Chelsea starting line-up for the Manchester United game as far as the 2009 FA Community Shield is concerned.

Manchester United qualified to play in the 2009 FA Cup Community Shield after winning the 2008/09 Premier League title, while Chelsea were the 2008/09 FA Cup champions. The 2009 FA Community Shield was a repeat of the 2007 FA Community Shield which ended in a penalty shootout.

StoryOSIMHEN NAMES HIS TWO FOOTBALL IDOLS

In-form Napoli striker Victor Osimhen has named John Obi Mikel and Didier Drogba as his football idols. The Super Eagles player mentioned Ivorian football icon Drogba and John Obi Mikel as his football idols while he was on William Troost-Ekong’s YouTube page.

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