He was the guy who really helped me at Chelsea’ – Mikel singles out Essien for praise


Previous Nigeria commander John Obi Mikel has attributed Michael Essien for standing apart to help him during his initial a long time at Chelsea.


Mikel met the ex-Black Stars midfielder in Jose Mourinho’s group in 2006 and he reviewed the job his African colleague played which assisted him with coordinating rapidly into the main group.


The Super Eagles legend proceeded to spend most of his vocation at Stamford Bridge which traversed 11 years and he played 249 Premier League games with an objective and 10 helps in his possession.

Mikel who was first astounded by the type of his colleagues, uncovered how Essien urged him to overwhelm the Blues’ midfield.

“Abruptly, I was imparting a changing area to this load of players I had watched on TV back in Africa,” Mikel told the Athletic. “I was sitting close to Lassana Diarra. I’d be there thinking, ‘Wow, it’s Didier Drogba. It’s Frank Lampard. It’s John Terry’.


“Michael Essien (who joined from Lyon in the late spring of 2005) truly helped me. Michael consistently let me know I was a decent player and just reminded me to cut the ball down, control and pass. In the event that you need to spill, spill. In the event that you don’t have to, simply pass. You are solid. You are quick, as well. In the event that you can, simply push the ball past and run, run, run since they can’t get you.


‘”He was the person who truly helped me and caused me to have a ton of certainty.”

The previous Nigeria midfielder who carries out his specialty in the Kuwaiti first class with Kuwait SC, lifts the cover on how his transition to Chelsea came through in spite of endeavors from Manchester United.

“They were addressing me consistently saying, ‘Sign for United, sign for United’, and there was the agreement before me,” Mikel proceeded. “In any case, Chelsea made it clear they weren’t going to surrender. They needed me back.


“I had been sent by Chelsea to play there on the grounds that I was not 18. I was from Africa and expected to play a specific measure of games (to get a license).”

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