Friday, April 1, 2011


Real Madrid and Manchester United are being linked with Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel.

The Nigeria international has concerns over his future in Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti's plans and is seeking clear the air talks, says the News of the World.

His plight, according to Spanish sources, has alerted the interest of United and Real.
Obi Mikel actually signed for United, before he was allowed to move to Chelsea after leaving Lyn.
Real Madrid coach Mourinho worked with Obi Mikel at Chelsea and would welcome the chance for a reunion.

Meanwhile Mikel has promised to battle to regain a starting spot at English Premier League giants Chelsea.

Mikel has not figured in the first team of The Blues in the last three matches with speculations that he could well be on his way out of Stamford Bridge in the summer.
The Brazilian Ramires has been preferred to the Nigerian by manager Carlo Ancelotti.

“I will keep fighting and hopefully I will get my place back,” said Mikel, who would dismiss speculations he could be shipped out at the end of the season as “paper talk”.

“This is football and things like this happen. But I have played for five years under several coaches.”
Mikel still has four more years to run on his Chelsea contract.

He also expressed confidence that Chelsea have turned the corner and could still retain their EPL crown at the expense of rivals Manchester United.

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