StoryMIKEL TIPS NIGERIA TO SHINE AT FORTHCOMING AFCON

Former Super Eagles midfielder John Obi Mikel has tipped the Nigerian national football team to put in a strong performance at the forthcoming African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament which is set to start in a few months. The ex-Chelsea midfielder has revealed that even though he is no longer able to feature for Nigeria after already retiring from playing for the country, he still follows them closely and stated that they have a couple of excellent players in every department of the team.

StoryMIDFIELDER SIGNS STOKE EXTENSION

Nigerian midfielder John Mikel Obi has signed a one-year contract extension at English Championship outfit Stoke City until 2022.Stoke City see the ex-Super Eagles player as an important member of their squad and they have decided to give him a contract extension.

John Mikel Obi, 34, would have been a free agent this summer if his contract was not extended as his previous deal was set to expire at the end of the month. The decision to extendhis contract was confirmed in a statement from the club.

StoryMIKEL WANTS STOKE CITY STAY

Stoke City midfielder John Obi Mikel has revealed that he wants to continue his stay at the club amid rumors that he could be sold in the summer. The midfielder has not been playing as many games as he did when he just joined the club and even though injured and inconsistency have been the reason, it seems as though there's now more to that.

Having returned from his injury spell, one would expect him to get reinstated back into the team and take his place, but that has not been the case and it has had tongues wagging. With the summer transfer window still approaching, there have been talks that he could be sold by the club, and there have been some clubs that have registered interest in signing the former Nigeria international midfield star.

StoryHAZARD IS A LAZY TRAINER - MIKEL

Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has revealed that his ex-teammate Eden Hazard is always a lazy player on the training ground and did not take training sessions seriously. While the Nigerian international midfielder claims that it is the truth, a lot of people may argue against his statement given how good Hazard was at Chelsea.

StoryOPINION: MIKEL ENDURING A CHALLENGING SEASON AT CHAMPIONSHIP CLUB STOKE

Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel is not having the season he was expecting when he chose to sign for English championship club Stoke City last summer and has endured a mixed campaign so far. The Nigerian midfielder was signed by Stoke to add more flair and stealth to the midfield department but he has reportedly fallen short of the demands that were set by the club upon his decision to put pen to paper on a contract at the club.

StoryFrank Lampard delivers worrying injury update on Chelsea attacker

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has issued a worrying injury update on Christian Pulisic. The USA international sustained a hamstring injury during the warm-up before the Burnley game last weekend, but he was fancied to make his comeback against Sheffield United. However, Lampard has now revealed that the playmaker has yet to overcome his hamstring concern and he won’t feature in the Blues’ final game before the international break, he told via Chelseafc.com: "Not fit to play, still suffering with his hamstring. He's not training at the moment. He trained at a low level in midweek and wasn't comfortable. We have to keep looking for the right solution."


Pulisic suffered multiple muscular concerns during the previous campaign, but he still managed to register 11 goals and 10 assists from 34 appearances in all competitions. Due to a hamstring problem, his start to the current season was delayed and he has managed only five appearances for the Blues to date.

StorySTOKE CITY UNBEATEN LEAGUE RUN ENDED

Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel played the entire duration of the game as Stoke City suffered a rare league defeat in the English Championship, the second tier of club football in England. John Obi Mikel could not influence the outcome of the game as the Potters were beaten 1-0 at home by fellow Premier League promotion chasers Bournemouth. Bournemouth winger Junior Stanislas scored the only goal on 79 minutes to end a five-match unbeaten run for Stoke City in the league. Stoke City had won one and drawn four of their last five English Championship matches before the home clash with the Cherries at the weekend.


Their last defeat in the league was a 2-1 comeback loss to Welsh club Cardiff City at home in the second week of December.

StoryMIKEL OBI OUT OF DERBY GAME

Nigerian midfielder JohnObi Mikel has been ruled out of the league game with Derby County in the English Championship this weekend. Rejuvenated Derby County will welcome Stoke City to Pride Park on Saturday evening in a week 18 clash without John Obi Mikel who has a calf problem. The absence of John Obi Mikel for the trip to face the Rams was confirmed by Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill during his pre-match press conference for the game.


John Obi Mikel, 33, played the first 14 league games of the new season in the English Championship before picking up the calf injury during the Sheffield Wednesday clash on matchday 14. The retired Super Eagles of Nigeria player was subbed off on 76 minutes during the game which ended in a goalless draw for Stoke City away from home.

StoryMIKEL OBI MADE NO IMPACT IN STOKE'S DEFEAT

Mikel Obi, the former Nigeria international featured for Stoke City as Senegal forward, Islamaar Saar scored his second goal at Watford. Mikel was in the action while Sarr scored the match-winner as Watford got a 3-2 comeback victory against Stoke City in the Championship game on Wednesday.

StoryLille president confirms Victor Osimhen is close to Napoli transfer

Lille president Gerard Lopez has confirmed that Victor Osimhen is close to making the switch to the Serie A with Napoli. The Nigeria international had a good debut season with the French outfit where he managed 18 goals and six assists across all competitions and he is now set to pursue a fresh challenge in the Italian top-flight.

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