Chelsea’s Mikel Keen To Represent His Country

Chelsea's Mikel Keen To Represent His CountryChelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has admitted that he loves playing for his nation – Nigeria, and will continue to do so, despite asking to pull out of their recent international friendly against Mexico.

Mikel has not been involved so much with the Chelsea squad in the latter half of the season due to a hip injury, but has been a consistent member of the side since 2006. The Nigerian was brought to Chelsea by then manager, Jose Mourinho, from the Norwegian club Lyn, in a transfer that was known for all the controversial reasons.

In his first year at the club, Mikel only played 22 Barclays Premier League appearances. But this number increased in the next season due to injury to Michael Essien, giving Mikel the chance to impress at the defensive midfield position. He played 29 matches in the second season, and 34 matches in the next, cementing his place in the Chelsea lineup as one of the permanent senior members of the squad.

Essien ultimately was sent on loan to Real Madrid, where Mourinho was manager, and this cleared the way for Mikel to have a spot assured in the side. With fellow midfielder Ramires showing attacking instincts, Mikel has firmly grasped the position as an anchor in the midfield, playing just ahead of the defensive line.

Mikel made his debut for Nigeria in 2005, but has not managed to back it up with consistent national appearances. The 26-year old has only made a total of 38 appearances for the country, which has led to speculation about his commitment to the side.

According to SkySports, Mikel has reiterated his commitment to his country, and that he wants to represent his national side in the upcoming fixtures. He has also suggested that he will fully participate in the Confederations Cup, which takes place in Brazil, a year before the World Cup.

Mikel said ”I have always liked to play for my country, I will play the next two games and the Confederations Cup as well.”

He also commented on the excellent season Chelsea had, and concluded, “We finished strongly at Chelsea, to win two European trophies in two years is very good.”

6 Responses to “Chelsea’s Mikel Keen To Represent His Country”

  • Mcnumec Says:

    It’s joyous to see the 26years old reinterating his commitment to his country. I pray this is transfered to the field of play. I also pray the incoming Manager keeps him busy in the chelsea line up once again

  • lamrdr saheed Says:

    i’m very happy 2 hear dat from mikel bcos we need him in d midfield,good luck 2 nigeria

  • Onyebuchi ibecheole Says:

    I am very happy to see mikel representing his country i pray god to give him the srenght to save his father land well. nd i hope the incoming bose jose mourinho will make him his no one choice in chelsea first eleveen!.

  • PRINCE CHINEDU UKWUANI Says:

    Mikel is a talent and we really need him in our national team,am very happy he desire to always play for nigeria. I wish him goal scoring ability as he play for Chelsea and Nigeria.

  • Modest Says:

    Obi, ride on! Even though u walk through the shadow of death, fear no evil ‘cos the spirit of God is with u. You hv achieved what most Nigerian players couldn’t. What u need now is African best to crown it all. U made the right decision in ur carrieer. Am a lover of success. Am happy whenever i see u playing, both in Europe and Nigeria. More power to ur elbow.

  • ita Says:

    Obi, let discipline and humbleness be your watch-dog.