Captain of the Nigeria senior national team John Mikel Obi has cleared the air on his future with English Premier League side Chelsea as well as the cash gift given to the Nigerian Olympic team in Rio.
Recent reports has it that Mikel has plans to leave Stamford Bridge after 11 seasons at the club with his contract set to run out this summer, with some reports even speculating he could leave as early as January.
Speaking at the media parley of the Super Eagles, the current Chelsea longest serving player said although he is willing to listen to offers. He has no plans of leaving Chelsea in January.
” I’ve not said I’ll leave Chelsea in January. I only said am open to offers, but I have to wait. Things can change very fast in football, so you never know” He said.
On the reason why the cash donation of $390,000 made to the team by Japanese doctor and philanthropist Katsuya Takasu is yet to be shared by the team that won bronze in Rio, with him as captain. Mikel said the cheque is yet to be cleared.
” There’s absolutely nothing wrong in accepting cash gifts from Dr. Takasu, but you can’t stop people from talking. They have their opinion” He said.
” The cheque is yet to clear, so we haven’t gotten the money yet but as soon as it is cleared all players will get their share as agreed by the team”.