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John Obi Mikel loves Chelsea football club, but the Nigerian does not appear to be even remotely keen on manager Antonio Conte.

Conte’s time at Stamford Bridge will soon come to an end. It’s now a matter of finding a replacement for the Italian and agreeing a deal for his release. It will be emotional to wave goodbye to Conte, but don’t expect Mikel to shed any tears.

Mikel was frozen out and subsequently sold by Conte after he took the reins at Stamford Bridge. The Champions League winner was an exemplary servant to the club, but Conte did not appear to have any intention of using him, bizarrely.

John Obi Mikel
John Obi Mikel was shunned by Antonio Conte after he took charge at Chelsea.

For the first time, Mikel has spoken out on his exit from Chelsea and has all-but confirmed that it was Conte behind his departure from the club where he achieved so much.

Mikel is quoted by Goal saying:

“Chelsea was nowhere near what it is 10, 15 years ago. There are players that build and build and build, then it’s all about respect.”

“When you don’t get that from a manager who comes in and after five minutes decides to make a change you deal with it, you move on.”

“My connection with the club has not changed because of the manager or because of a certain person.”

“My relationship with the club remains. I am a blue and I want to remain that way for years and years to come.”

We love Mikel. His attitude is, and always has been, superb. He’ll go down in history as one of our best.

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2 years ago

A chelsea legend! Should still be wearing blue.