Mikel Set To Become Citizen In October

By KayCee July 30, 2014 06:33

Super Eagles World Cup star Mikel Obi will stay on and fight for his Chelsea future because he is due to get his British passport in October.

A close associate of the Chelsea midfielder said that Mikel could have readily taken up offers from clubs like Monaco and Juventus this summer, but for the fact that this could deny him a British passport in October.

“Mikel will be a British citizen by October and that was one of the main considerations why he has opted to stay put at Chelsea at least for the time being,” the player’s close associate informed AfricanFootball.com

“There are offers from clubs like Juventus, Galatasaray and Monaco, but he would rather get his passport before he considers any of them.”

The Nigerian law allows for dual citizenship and so the likes of Tijjani Babangida, Odion Ighalo, Bennedict Akwuegbu and Bartholomew Ogbeche carry two passports.

Meanwhile, Mikel could well consider a January exit from Stamford Bridge by the time he gets his passport and by then he is still playing a bit role at ‘The Blues’.

The 27-year-old Mikel joined Chelsea in 2006, winning several major honours including UEFA Champions League and Europa League as well as the English Premier League title.

However, last season he made a total of 36 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals.

He has a contract with the London club till June 2017.

Chelsea may be forced to offload the player this summer as the squad has exceeded the foreign quota permitted by both the Premier League and UEFA.

Chelsea has 18 foreigners over the age of 21 on its payroll while clubs can only name 17 players above that age in its official 25 – man squad lists for both competitions.

One of Fernando Torres, Obi Mikel and Petr Cech might be sold to free space on the roster.

Post World Cup, the Nigeria international has not attracted concrete interest from clubs across Europe.



By KayCee July 30, 2014 06:33