John Obi Mikel, the former captain of the Super Eagles, has explained why he changed his mind about joining Manchester United after signing a contract with the Premier League club.
Mikel had the opportunity to play with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and others at Man United a few years ago, but despite signing a deal with the Red Devils, he chose to join Chelsea instead.
The 35-year-old has now admitted that he chose Chelsea over Manchester United because of Jose Mourinho, Roman Abramovich, and the positive atmosphere there.
At the 2005 Under-20 World Cup in the Netherlands, Mikel was only beaten by Argentina’s Lionel Messi.
After the tournament, his performances made him the toast of several prominent European teams, with Manchester United and Chelsea leading the race to recruit him.
Mikel had already been photographed wearing a Manchester United jersey, indicating that he had joined the Old Trafford club.
The scenario, however, took an amazing turn when it was revealed that Chelsea had jumped in to sign Mikel.
Many people are still baffled by the transfer situation, but Mikel had his reasons for changing his mind.
Mikel told Nigerian radio station Naija FM 102.7 in Lagos, “I was 18 years old and all I wanted to do was play football.”
“I had already signed with Manchester United, but after meeting with Mourinho and Roman Abramovich, I opted to join Chelsea.”
“Chelsea appeared to be a more interesting location to be, but I’m glad I chose it since it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”
“I had a great time there, I remained for a long period, and I won everything.” In the end, I was victorious.”
Mikel’s choice to ignore Manchester United paid off, as he left Stamford Bridge as a champion with eleven championships.
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