Mikel dismisses Gala quotes

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has denied saying he is moving to Galatasaray

Posted: 21 June 2013 Time: 06:28 am

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has denied giving an interview in which he is quoted as saying that he is set for a move to Galatasaray.

Turkish newspaper Sabah quoted the Chelsea midfielder, currently in Brazil with Nigeria for the Fifa Confederations Cup as saying: "I have played at Chelsea for a long time and it's now time for me to leave.

"I'm still only 26 and it's great to receive an offer from a club (Galatasaray) playing Champions League football and doing well in the competition."

However, in an SMS to KickOffNigeria.com, Mikel literally laughed off the quotes, saying 'Hahaha no I did not say that."

Chelsea had earlier also denied that the midfielder gave any such interview or said anything about his future.

The Nigerian has only participated in one pitch side interview, in Salvador since arriving in Brazil with the Super Eagles, and did not speak about the supposed move.

Mikel has played over 180 games for Chelsea since joining the Blues in 2005 and has won the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League and four FA Cups.

Article by: Colin Udoh

Previous comments on this story...

Francois
posted: 06:48 am
Uruguay 2 - Nigeria 1

Nigeria needs to start playing with our best strikers. Uruguay were there to be beaten today, but the Nigeria strikers lack that extra quality. You cannot get results against good football teams with poor strikers. The European Football Analysts on multiple channels all agreed Nigeria failed to get a result from the Uruaguayan game beacause of lack of quality in striking positions.

Nigeria was a better team than Uruguay
Mehosha
posted: 07:18 am
Viva Africans you were so gud on the day, please polish your finish-up then everything will be in place come world cup. keep it up Nigeria
Reclam de Glory by Force
posted: 07:32 am
He is a real legend. Playing 180 games for a big club like chelsea is no child's play
NaijaBros
posted: 07:45 am
Big ups Mikel. He finally showed the world he is a world class player today. Some Chelsea fans don't see how good he is because of the role he plays in the club. But they must of saw him play against Uruguay today. Next is for him to once again stop Xavi, Iniesta and Fabregas. Mikel is not going anywhere.
Anonymous
posted: 08:21 am
Mikel is being under utilized. I think he has more potentials than he has shown over the years. He played his best match at any level since 2005. He should simply be made Eagles captain. What would have happened if there was Onazi and Joel Obi in that midfield? Mikel would just soar the more.

Perony..
soccerized
posted: 08:32 am
SE were very impressive. Mikel should be our captain and Enyeama should sometimes be dropped to the bench. Still out of words at the moment but thankfully Miami has made my day.
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 08:34 am
@Reclaim da fockery by Force

Are you kidding? You're praising 180 games over an eight year spell at a club? If someone has been at a club that long and has less than 250 appearances, he's nothing more than a bench warmer. I'm taking anything away from Mikel because he's got a lot of talent, but PLEASE STOP praising small things in football and label them a success.

Zebra tendencies of upping mediocrity are so disgusting!!!

Up The Bucs...
Anonymous
posted: 08:34 am
A night where Nigeria did all the playing but couldnt get a goal. Again, the difference between Uruguay and Nigeria is that Nigeria did not plan to score in this tournament.
Ideye, Babatunde, Ujah and Akpala should be replaced with Emenike, Anichebe, Odewingie, Nsofor and Ike Uche. Then bring on Joel Obi and Lukman Haruna in the midfield even if they play from the bench.Eagles will become world beaters.
Elegant...
deezle15
posted: 08:40 am
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChampsposted: 08:34 am  |  Report
@Reclaim da fockery by Force

Are you kidding? You're praising 180 games over an eight year spell at a club? If someone has been at a club that long and has less than 250 appearances, he's nothing more than a bench warmer. I'm taking anything away from Mikel because he's got a lot of talent, but PLEASE STOP praising small things in football and label them a success.

Zebra tendencies of upping mediocrity are so disgusting!!!

Up The Bucs...
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No useless pie rats player can do that,not even in the smallest league and how sure are u that this person is a khosi fan?he could be rats fan pretending to be khosi
Ebimocliff
posted: 11:59 am
@Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps, Mikel has actually played 276 times for Chelsea from his debut in 2006. He his a first team player, not a bench warmer. Any player who can hold such a position for this long is obviously class.
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 12:50 pm
Ebimocliffposted: 11:59 am | Report @Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps, Mikel has actually played 276 times for Chelsea from his debut in 2006. He his a first team player, not a bench warmer. Any player who can hold such a position for this long is obviously class.
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Are you saying DickOff is lying? Where do you get you numbers? I'll wait to be proven wrong...

Up The Bucs
Anonymous
posted: 01:30 pm
I also accept the loss as victory but blame "MUSA & ENYINAMA ?

MUSA CAUSE THE ERROR WHY ENYINAMA FAILED TO PUNCH OUT AN OPEN STRAIGHT SHORT CLOSE TO ENYINAMA.

ENYINAMA WHAT MAKE YOU A CAPTAIN AND NUMBER 1 KEEPER? SAVE THAT SHORT AND GIVE US LIVE TO BE IN THE GAME. ALL THE SAME NO BLAME BUT HAPPY WITH THE CHAMPION DISPLAYED FROM SUPER EAGLES. MIKEL NO DOUBT U ARE THE NEXT AFRICAN BEST. GOD BLESS NIGER

D'SKOOL
simeon
posted: 03:06 pm
Emenike, Anichebe, Odewingie, Nsofor, matins and Ike Uche. Then bring on Joel Obi and Lukman Haruna in the midfield add all this boys to d one u have let them all bland together and we shall all be happy. super eagle coach take away pride and recall this people. ask yourself this question, what if they were ur blood brother will u not forgive them? pls, call this boys back we need them now. Remember Christ also forgive u too.
blackpanther187
posted: 03:22 pm
Ok guys just finished the second half:

I must ask you guys again: Whats your Problem with Mba? In my opinion he is a great player, when he came in he added creativity to our game.

To me the man of the match is Kenneth Omero! Hmmmmm ok and Ogbonna! Wow this boys played a briliiant defence. Forlans goals was a mircale... you couldnt do anything. But after that wowwww they stopped the Uruguay strikers completely. Wow Wow Wow really good Job from Kenneth and Ogbonna!

My Team Rating, 1 - 10points:

- Enyema 7 points: Had bad luck I think he didnt do anything wrong. But two goals are two goals....

- Ogbonna 9 points: Wow the boy is great. Played a very good match. This was his first match that wasnt a friendly in which he played against really top stars. I thank Keshi for giving him a chance. You really have to think twice before you bench a player like Yobo for a NPL player...

- Kenneth O. 9 points: Again Wow! Hope Chelsea saw this game. This boy is our future!

- Ambrose 7 points: Played a very good game but I expect more flankes from him to our strikers when he goes forward. he have to push harder. But his mains work is the defence and all together he did a very good job. But the mistake against Forlan cost a goal...

- Elderson 8 points: Not one Attack came from Uruguay from his left side! Not one! Plus he also tried to go forward and really played good together with Musa!

- Ogu 7: Played not bad! But i expect a bit more from him. I must say he did a solid Job and hope for him he uses this chance to show the world through the Super Eagles what he can do.

- Ogude 8 points: I know people dont see how important this Bull is, but he does the dirty work. Because of him Mikel can go forward..! He played a very good game. I didnt see much from the Uruguayn midlefield!

- Mikel Oba, yes I said it OBA! 9 points: Mikel is a fantastic footballer. He is the engine of this team and showed it once more. I am allready pleased with the outcome of the tournament because of the fact that Mikel scored a goal. The Confed Cup is there to play around and try out some new things and maybe we have gained the old Mikel back through our participation...

- N. Oduamadi ?: a pitty that he got injured. But started not that bad. Which him all the best. He is our future and the NFF shouldnt mess with this Project!

- Musa 8 points: Musa is a good player but must learn to give the ball away in some situations. But the guy played a really good match. Gave his best. And I appriciate the fact that we have such a top player in our ranks!

- Ideye 8 points: He must push harder. But the main Problem is that nobody from the right or leftside feed him with balls! He is a top inteligent footballer who allways thinks 2 steps ahaed. I refuse to give up on him. I think he is a top player. We should be happy to have a player like him. But Nigeria have many strikers who are waiting for their chance. Brown must push harder got damm it..

- Akpala 7 points: When he came in he gave his best. He showed that he is very hungry. But he could create much chances and again our wing players must stop this selfish play and feed our strikers more. You cant expect from Akpala or Ideye to allways create chances themselfes! Akpala is a top guy I would be happy for him if he can use this tournament to prove many people wrong. He only has one game left to do so. Emenike and Anichebe, Kalu Uche and many more.. are waiting. But I think Akpala is good enough for our bench! The striking position is the only position in which I dont see any NPL player. But again Keshi has proved us wrong many times...!

- Babatunde 7 points: I must say he didnt play that bad. Was very strong from the right side. But again not productive enough. We need to feed the strikers with balls God damm it. This is his chance to show what he can.. after this tournament I dont see why Keshi should give him another chance.. We gave him a chance didnt we..?

- Mba 8 points: He is a damm good player and I think he is unique! Dont care what other people say but when I see this guy on the ball.... I see something special!!!!! Why didnt we start him? Ogu can only replace Mikel oder Ogude and not Mba! Mba is a attacking middlefielder and I think we need an attacking middlefielder. Some things i just dont understand. But again he had his chance. But if Ogu uses his chance then Mba may be history.... thats football you know!
blackpanther187
posted: 03:22 pm
Ok guys just finished the second half:

I must ask you guys again: Whats your Problem with Mba? In my opinion he is a great player, when he came in he added creativity to our game.

To me the man of the match is Kenneth Omero! Hmmmmm ok and Ogbonna! Wow this boys played a briliiant defence. Forlans goals was a mircale... you couldnt do anything. But after that wowwww they stopped the Uruguay strikers completely. Wow Wow Wow really good Job from Kenneth and Ogbonna!

My Team Rating, 1 - 10points:

- Enyema 7 points: Had bad luck I think he didnt do anything wrong. But two goals are two goals....

- Ogbonna 9 points: Wow the boy is great. Played a very good match. This was his first match that wasnt a friendly in which he played against really top stars. I thank Keshi for giving him a chance. You really have to think twice before you bench a player like Yobo for a NPL player...

- Kenneth O. 9 points: Again Wow! Hope Chelsea saw this game. This boy is our future!

- Ambrose 7 points: Played a very good game but I expect more flankes from him to our strikers when he goes forward. he have to push harder. But his mains work is the defence and all together he did a very good job. But the mistake against Forlan cost a goal...

- Elderson 8 points: Not one Attack came from Uruguay from his left side! Not one! Plus he also tried to go forward and really played good together with Musa!

- Ogu 7: Played not bad! But i expect a bit more from him. I must say he did a solid Job and hope for him he uses this chance to show the world through the Super Eagles what he can do.

- Ogude 8 points: I know people dont see how important this Bull is, but he does the dirty work. Because of him Mikel can go forward..! He played a very good game. I didnt see much from the Uruguayn midlefield!

- Mikel Oba, yes I said it OBA! 9 points: Mikel is a fantastic footballer. He is the engine of this team and showed it once more. I am allready pleased with the outcome of the tournament because of the fact that Mikel scored a goal. The Confed Cup is there to play around and try out some new things and maybe we have gained the old Mikel back through our participation...

- N. Oduamadi ?: a pitty that he got injured. But started not that bad. Which him all the best. He is our future and the NFF shouldnt mess with this Project!

- Musa 8 points: Musa is a good player but must learn to give the ball away in some situations. But the guy played a really good match. Gave his best. And I appriciate the fact that we have such a top player in our ranks!

- Ideye 8 points: He must push harder. But the main Problem is that nobody from the right or leftside feed him with balls! He is a top inteligent footballer who allways thinks 2 steps ahaed. I refuse to give up on him. I think he is a top player. We should be happy to have a player like him. But Nigeria have many strikers who are waiting for their chance. Brown must push harder got damm it..

- Akpala 7 points: When he came in he gave his best. He showed that he is very hungry. But he could create much chances and again our wing players must stop this selfish play and feed our strikers more. You cant expect from Akpala or Ideye to allways create chances themselfes! Akpala is a top guy I would be happy for him if he can use this tournament to prove many people wrong. He only has one game left to do so. Emenike and Anichebe, Kalu Uche and many more.. are waiting. But I think Akpala is good enough for our bench! The striking position is the only position in which I dont see any NPL player. But again Keshi has proved us wrong many times...!

- Babatunde 7 points: I must say he didnt play that bad. Was very strong from the right side. But again not productive enough. We need to feed the strikers with balls God damm it. This is his chance to show what he can.. after this tournament I dont see why Keshi should give him another chance.. We gave him a chance didnt we..?

- Mba 8 points: He is a damm good player and I think he is unique! Dont care what other people say but when I see this guy on the ball.... I see something special!!!!! Why didnt we start him? Ogu can only replace Mikel oder Ogude and not Mba! Mba is a attacking middlefielder and I think we need an attacking middlefielder. Some things i just dont understand. But again he had his chance. But if Ogu uses his chance then Mba may be history.... thats football you know!
Anonymous
posted: 04:04 pm
Mike you sound ridiculous! How many players in the world play matches everyday. The writer said over 180 matches. This could mean 200, 300, 500. So what is it you don't understand? is it the over or the 180? Don't also forget when you make your calculations that Mikel within this period lost almost 2 months every other year for Afcon; he had moments he was injured; and times the coach wants to adopt a new technic in his play. Chelsea is a big Team that has big players. Tell me any player in Chelsea that played every match while he lasted in Chelsea and I will tell you that you are a liar.
emeka amandi
posted: 05:09 pm
keshie must put personal difference away n call up odewingie.....he is our only inform experienced player...our strikers are just not gud enough....
emeka amandi
posted: 05:12 pm
I love this guy ideye but I don't know his problem when it comes to scoring for se......
Lin24
posted: 08:12 am
Keshi you need to have the following players Emenike, Anichebe, Odewingie, Nsofor, matins, the Uche brothers, Joel Obi and Lukman Haruna so that you can have real competition in each position.
syde
posted: 04:02 pm
For me u have done it all brother mikel go for money now no time to waste :
1) under 17 silver medalist with nig team
2) under 20 silver medalist with nig team
3) Africa young player of the year .
4) Chelsea fc young player of the year .
5) English league gold medalist X2
6) FA cup gold medalist X2
7) Carling cup gold medalist X2
8) Europa gold medalist ..
9) uefa champions league medalist .
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