16 Years After, Mikel John Obi Finally Reveals Why he Snubbed Man United For Chelsea

16 Years After, Mikel John Obi Finally Reveals Why he Snubbed Man United For Chelsea

Ibitoye Shittu
June 13, 2022 at 10:31 AM
  • Mikel John Obi has explained that he did not regret his decision years back to snub Man United for Chelsea
  • The Super Eagles legend made it clear that he was happy to played for the Stamford Bridge landlords
  • Obi stressed that he decided to join Chelsea because of coach Jose Mourinho and former owner Roman Abramovich

Former Super Eagles captain Mikel John Obi has finally revealed that he snubbed Manchester United for Chelsea in 2006 because of former coach Jose Mourinho and Roman Abramovich.

16 years ago, these two Premier League giants were in battle for the signature of Mikel John Obi who eventually made the move to Stamford Bridge.

At that time, the Nigerian midfielder was at Old Trafford and had even been unveiled by Manchester United before he snubbed the deal and joined Chelsea.

Mikel Obi, Chelsea, Man United.
Mikel Obi says he did not regret snubbing Man United for Chelsea. Photo by Andy Marlin
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Mikel Obi's decision not to play for Manchester United then was a painful one for former coach Sir Alex Ferguson who wanted the Nigerian in his squad.

According to the latest video posted on Twitter, Mikel John Obi explained while granting an interview on a radio show that he did not regret joining Chelsea.

Mikel John Obi's reaction about joining Chelsea

''I was young then and it was a good thing that the two clubs were fighting to have me and I understand that I signed for Man United, but I told them that I wanted to go to Chelsea.
''I changed my mind because of Mourinho, Roman Abramovich and everybody at Chelsea then and I was happy to have made the decision.''

How many years did Mikel spend at Chelsea?

Mikel John Obi was at Chelsea between the year 2006-2017 winning the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, League Cup and Europa League at Stamford Bridge.

Sao Tome & Principe host Super Eagles in tough 2023 AFCON qualifiers; preview, kickoff time

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Sao Tome & Principe will on Monday afternoon, 13 June, be hosting the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the match-day 2 encounter of the 2023 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Having defeated visiting Sierra Leone 2-1 in their first game last week at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja, Super Eagles players left the country on Saturday with boosted morale.

Sierra Leone took a surprise lead in Abuja against the Super Eagles before Alex Iwobi and Victor Osimhen scored for Jose Peseiro to get his first win as coach of the three-times African champions.

Sao Tome & Principe suffered a big defeat in their own first AFCON 2023 qualifying game as they were hammered 5-1 by Guinea-Bissau.

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