The Nigerian disclosed he fell out of favor with the former Chelsea manager after flaunting his orders and represented his home country
John Mikel Obi left Chelsea for Chinese League back in 2017 but has revealed his departure wasn’t on good terms.
According to Mikel in an interview recently, leaving Chelsea came after he was fizzled out of Blues squad by former Chelsea manager.
The talented midfielder was called up by his time country, Nigeria for the 2016 Olympics but was shocked to see his then new manager asking him not to go despite after the board has given him a go ahead order.
Mikel went on to win the Bronze medal with his country at that time, making Nigeria the first country to win the three medals as they also had won the 1996 Gold Medal and 2006 Silver Medal.
But on returning to the club, Mikel saw himself deleted from the match days squad lists causing him to push for an exit to China.
“This guy who has just walked in the door for five minutes is telling me I had to choose. He was saying, ‘If you do that, you won’t be a part of this team’,” Mikel told the Athletic.
“I spoke to the club and told them that I wanted to go. The club respected me because of what I had done for them and how long I’d been there.
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“So off I went and I felt punished for that. I came back and I didn’t make the squad. I was never in the squad list on matchdays again.
“The funny thing is, just before the January window was going to start, he came up to me and said ‘I want a meeting with you’.
“This was after making me train on my own for months, treating a player who had been at Chelsea for a long time like this!
“When he tried to meet with me he was like, ‘Let’s try and make up, I will need you in the team, let’s squash this, blah, blah, blah!’.
“I was like, ‘Are you joking?! Are you f****** serious?!’ He knew I wanted out. I stood up and walked out of the room. You can’t disrespect a human being like that.”
Prior to Conte’s arrival, Mikel had been a regular starter during the era of previous managers.