The Stamford Bridge stalwart and Captain of the super eagles has come out to clarify various media claims on his first team banishment at Chelsea by Italian gaffer, Antonio Conte.
Mikel John Obi captained Nigeria to bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the summer, meaning he missed Conte’s first few months at Stamford Bridge.
But following comments made by Nigeria boss Gernot Rohr claiming Conte is “punishing” Mikel for going to the Olympics, the 29-year-old today released the following statement:
“Unfortunately comments made by Gernot Rohr before yesterday’s 3-1 win over Algeria were both mistranslated and taken out of context by the Nigerian media, as English isn’t Mr Rohr’s or much of the Nigerian media’s first language.
“To be absolutely clear, Mr Conte and Chelsea were always fully supportive of my captaincy of the Nigerian team at Rio.
“It goes without saying there is nothing but absolute respect between myself, the Nigerian national team and Chelsea FC, something that was demonstrated by Mr Rohr’s recent visit to Cobham.
“My only focus now is on winning more silverware with Chelsea and getting Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup, two challenges I can’t wait to face in the coming months.”
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