StoryLOOKING FORWARDS

John obi Mikel has stated that he is very much looking forward to playing in the Champions League against Galatasaray, as this match will see the reunion of Didier Drogba. Drogba left the club back in 2012, but he is still regarded as a legend at the club.

Jose Mourinho has spoken in length about how Drogba is destined to face Chelsea in this year's Champions League because it has happened to him on several occasions. Mourinho has come up against his former clubs like Barcelona and Chelsea on numerous occasions.

StoryNO GOALS YET

John obi Mikel has had to live with the unwanted record of not having found the back of the net in more than 250 appearances for Chelsea.

The Nigerian midfielder was signed back in 2006, but he had not found a single goal to his name despite being a first-team regular in all these years. He finally broke the unwanted record by scoring in the 2-0 win over Fulham. Normally used as a defensive midfielder, Mikel does not go up for corners. Mourinho, though, has been looking to use the height advantage in recent matches.

StoryMonaco target deal for Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel

Cash rich French club AS Monaco is threatening a dream reunion with Didier Drogba for Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel by apparently launching a bid for the Nigerian international.

Turkish giants Galatasaray are eyeing up a cut price deal for the midfielder who is seen as surplus to requirements at Chelsea and reunite him with former Chelsea hero Drogba, who returned to Europe at the end of last season after leaving Chelsea for Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. The Blues reportedly want a staggering £ 16 million for the midfield hard man, which is much beyond what the Turkish club can afford and that is where AS Monaco have sensed a window of opportunity and are looking to exploit it by launching a bid for the player.

StoryDROGBA AN INSPIRATION

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba managed to lift the Champions League title in his final year at the club last season.

After spending just over six months at the Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, the player is back in the big time of European football with the Turkish club Galatasaray. Drogba was one of the key members of the Champions League triumph last season. The 34-year-old has said that he wants to taste success in the competition once again. Drogba and his teammates will be facing Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the competition.

This is seen as a daunting task for the Turkish club given that Real Madrid are one of the favourites to lift the competition this season.

StoryFootball based slots games

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StoryNIGERIA AIM HIGH

John Obi Mikel has said that the Nigerian team will be able to make its way into the final 8 of the ongoing African Cup of Nations.

Nigeria is yet to win a match in the ongoing competition so far. The first couple of its preliminary matches have ended in the form of draws. The Nigerian team will take on Ethiopia in its final group match tomorrow. The Super eagles need to win that match to qualify for the quarter finals.

Talking to the reporters ahead of the match against Ethiopia, Mikel said, “We haven’t played up to our abilities in the tournament so far, but, tomorrow, we will have to make sure that we get three points and move into the quarterfinals. Hopefully, we will play our best tomorrow and will secure a win.”

When asked about the performance of the team in the last match against Zambia, Mikel said, “We played some really good football in the last match. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to get three points, but, our performance was not bad at all.”

“We created more opportunities than Zambia in that match, but, we couldn’t capitalize on those opportunities.”

“Some of our key players are slowly getting back to top form and it’s a good sign for us. If we play up to the potential that we have got, we can beat any team in this competition.”

In its first match against Burkina Faso, Nigeria was ahead by 1-0 till the 90th minute of the match. But, in the injury time, Alain Traore scored a goal for Burkina Faso and Nigeria had to share points. Similarly, in its second match against Zambia, Nigeria was again leading by 1-0 till the 85th minute. But, it was a penalty goal by Kennedy Mweene which levelled the scores and prevented Nigeria from winning the match.

StoryLUIZ SHOULD DROP BACK

The Chelsea midfielder John obi Mikel has suggested that the future of the defender David Luiz is not in the midfield. The Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez decided to utilise the 25-year-old Portuguese the defensive midfield position alongside Mikel in the recent match against the Mexican club Monterrey in the Club World Cup.

It was a move that made a great dividends as Chelsea manager to win the match comfortably 3-1, but the defensive midfielder John obi Mikel believes that Luiz is best when he plays a defender. David Luiz is regarded as one of the enigmatic defenders due to his unique style of defending, which often leaves him to numerous mistakes.

Benitez decided to use him as the defensive midfielder against Monterrey due to the number of injuries and suspensions faced by the squad in this area of the pitch. The club recently lost the services of the midfielder Romeu for the next six months, which meant that Mikel was the only recognised defensive midfielder in the squad. Benitez decided to use David Luiz as the defensive midfielder and asked John obi Mikel to perform an attacking role. Even though it was not great at times, there were certainly possibilities of this partnership shining, but the midfielder has said that Luiz is best at central defence.

"It was a bit of a shock to see David lining up there. I said to him as we got on to the pitch: "Where shall I play? He said he'd play the holding role and that I should go forward. I said OK but, when the game started, I looked up and he was already up their end of the pitch. David is a great player, but I don't know if this is going to be a long-term thing. I think he needs to play at the back," said Mikel.

StoryNEW CONTRACT

The agent of the Nigerian midfielder John obi Mikel has said that his client will be signing a new contract with Chelsea soon. The Chelsea midfielder was extremely influential in helping the club win the FA Cup and the Champions League last season.

The 25-year-old has been one of the consistent performers for the team over the last couple of seasons. He was initially criticised for not being able to replicate the performances of Claude Makelele, who was one of the best players in his position. However, he has grown in stature in recent years and has excelled under the management of Roberto di Matteo.

Even though he is yet to score a Premier league goal even after more than six years of regular first-team football, John obi Mikel is one of the important players for Chelsea. His agent has revealed that John obi Mikel will be offered a new contract by the club that will see his wages increase in relation to the importance within the team. He has said that Mikel, who has only one more season after this left on his current contract, has not thought about leaving Chelsea and is extremely looking forward to signing a new deal.

“Mikel will soon sign a new five-year contract with an improved salary and we are just about finalising the details of it. Mikel is one of Chelsea’s most consistent performers and the club agrees with us he deserves a new and improved contract. He has a year left and Chelsea have decided to add four more years to it,” said his agent. Mikel was signed for a total outlay of £ 16 million back in 2006 from Lyn Oslo. He was one of the big young signings for the then manager José Mourinho, but he is starting to fulfil his potential now.

StoryMIKEL PRASIES DI MATTEO

The midfielder of Chelsea, John Obi Mikel, has said that the manager of Chelsea, Roberto Di Matteo, did a fine job during the pre season transfer window by buying some fantastic players. Chelsea bought Oscar, Eden Hazard, Victor Moses and Marko Marin this summer.

As per Mikel, all the new signings have got enormous potential and they would play a vital role for the team in the 2012-13 season. Everybody knows about Hazard. He gave a number of brilliant performances during his tenure at Lille and the Chelsea fans are expecting a lot from him in the current season. But, apart from him, the three other new players are also quite good. Roberto Di Matteo invested the money strategically this summer and strengthened the Chelsea squad. Mikel hasn’t scored a goal for Chelsea in the last 5 years.

His last goal for the club was way back in 2007. On being asked about that, the Nigerian international said that he doesn’t play as an attacking midfielder. He plays in a defensive position which might be the reason why he is not scoring too many goals. But, he is a bit worried about this and he wants to score some goals. As per Mikel, no matter at which position you are playing, a goal always gives you a lot of confidence.

On being asked which midfielder in the world is toughest to compete against, Mikel said that he hasn’t seen a better midfielder than the Liverpool skipper, Steven Gerrard, in his career so far. He has got enormous respect for Gerrard in his heart. Gerrard is one of the greatest players that he has ever seen in his life. On being asked about the targets of Chelsea in the current season, Mikel said that winning the Premier League title is the main target of the team and the players are determined for that.

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StoryMIKEL STILL CONFIDENT

The Chelsea midfielder John obi Mikel has said that the fans need not worry about the two defeats the club has suffered in the final two matches of the pre-season friendly tour of the United States.

Chelsea were playing in a total of four matches as part of their pre-season preparations in the United States, while their only pre-season friendly aside from this is the match against Brighton one week prior to the FA Community Shield match. After starting the first two matches of the pre-season friendlies in a better fashion, Chelsea suffered defeats in the last two matches against the MLS all-star and AC Milan.

And even more worrying trend for the Chelsea fans has been the lack of opportunities that side created in the match against the Italian club, who have recently lost a number of high profile players and are extremely weakened. Yet, the Chelsea defence midfielder John obi Mikel, who tasted success in the Champions League last season, has said that there is still a long way to go before the players returned to full fitness and that there is no need for worry from the Chelsea fans. It may seem indeed the case after a number of regular first-team players are there to return from international duty.

“I feel good, I think it was a good game for us. It was not the result we would have wanted but there are positives we can take and try to build on it. We didn't create many chances, but there were opportunities and maybe we were just one pass or one run short, so we are getting closer to how we want to be, and if we can keep doing what we are doing we will start to open teams up and improve our play," said Mikel.

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