Conte ‘sorry’ Mikel left Chelsea

By Daily Sports on January 31, 2017

Views: 3,391

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte claims he was "sorry" to see Super Eagles captain Mikel John Obi leave Stamford Bridge to join Tianjin TEDA.

Mikel departed Chelsea this month to join the Chinese Super League club after failing to break into Conte’s side in the first half of the 2016/17 season.

Speaking during his press conference on Friday on speculations linking Branislav Ivanovic with a move away from Chelsea, Conte revealed that he was not the happiest man in the world when the Mikel departed the Stamford Bridge club.

“I think Ivan (Ivanovic), he played a lot of games for this club and he won a lot for this club.

“He is 32 and I think he can play for many years.

“He is able to continue his career in the right way at the top level. But it is also important to respect the decision of the player.

“This type of a player is a legend in the club and if you are not playing a lot you can make a decision to go and play with another team.

“For sure because when you start the season to work with a squad and a group of players you try to create a link between the players and I, my staff.

“For sure, we are sorry if someone decides to go away. The same for Oscar and for Mikel, for example.

“But we know this is football and we are prepared for every situation,” Conte said.

Mikel won 11 trophies during his time at Chelsea, including two Premier League titles and one Uefa Champions League title.

Mikel joined Chelsea as a 19-year-old from Norwegian Premier League side Lyn in 2006 but did not make a single appearance under Conte with the Nigerian international admitted playing time was a factor in his decision to leave. (

•Photo shows John Obi Mikel

Source Daily Sports

Posted January 31, 2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


You may also like...
Ujah scores on debut in China

NFF hosts Rashidi Yekini’s children, to partner his...

Sunday Oliseh claims credit for Rohr’s team

Nigerian coach, athlete disappear at 2018 Commonwealth Games...

Mikel suffers 8th consecutive loss in China

Koscielny reveals the ONE club he could leave...


Latest News FIBA Women World Cup: D’Tigress open campaign with ‘fiery’ clash against Australia NBA approves three rules changes for the 2018-19 season Joshua adds weight for title fight against lighter Povetkin Aubameyang's father named new co-coach of Gabon Iwobi: Arsenal working harder in training under Emery Afelokhai eyes CAF Confederation Cup Glory with Enyimba 1,320 athletes register for Coal City Marathon — LOC Sergio Aguero signs Manchester City contract extension to 2021 Leno Frustrated at Arsenal Zola expecting more from Hazard Morata needs goals to boost confidence, says Chelsea boss Sarri Basketball: Round 2 Savannah Conference Kwese Premier League dunks off


Most Read Rangers International going, going . . . (44,278 views) Amaju Pinnick: A cat with nine lives (36,397 views) Missing $150,000 IAAF Grant: Solomon Dalung’s Hide and Seek game (35,186 views) Sports Development: Zenith Bank on the zenith (34,256 views) Current issues in Nigerian sports: Matters arising (33,308 views) Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje’s solid footprints, commitment to sports development in Kano State (33,112 views) Commonwealth Games 2018: Shame of Muhammadu Buhari, Solomon Dalung (32,560 views) Olopade, BET9A wave of revolution in NNL (32,247 views) NFF Presidency: Pinnick, Maigari, Ogunjobi, Okoye in Battle for Supremacy (31,461 views) Ibrahimovic’s Man U exit: Whose decision is it? And in whose interest? (29,532 views) World Cup Friendlies: Eagles Beware! (28,715 views) Let’s save Kelechi Emeteole's life! Let’s follow Omeruo, others' shining examples (28,675 views)




News Athletics (254) Basketball (114) Boxing (507) Columnists (330) Euro Soccer Update (3171) Fans Assembly (3) From the Grassroots (44) Golf (64) Interviews (14) Live Commentary (2) News (4243) NPL Glo Premier League (957) People and Places (22) Readers Parliament (5) Tennis (446)



Classic games


Phone numbers

Tel: +234(0)8066020976

Email addresses

Office address

No 3, Adetoun Close, Off College Road, Ogba, Ikeja Lagos.

Social Media