Mikel Clarifies Comments Credited To Rohr About Conte

Mikel Clarifies Comments Credited To Rohr About Conte

By Johnny Edward:

​Super Eagles skipper John Obi Mikel has issued a statement debunking reports that he was punished by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte for representing Nigeria at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Mikel who was in action for the Super Eagles on Saturday as the Super Eagles beat Algeria 3-1 in Uyo said  Gernot Rohr's comments over his inactiveness at Chelsea was misconstrued by the media.

The 29 year old however claimed Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and his club were in support of his participation at the Games. 

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The statement reads: "I'd like to clarify that the recent media claim that I've been punished by Chelsea for participating at the Rio 2016 Olympics are completely inaccurate.

"Unfortunately, comments made by Gernot Rohr before yesterday's 3-1 win over Algeria were both mistranslated and taken out of context bythe Nigerian media as English isn't Mr Rohr's or much of the Nigerian media's first language.

"To be absolute clear, Mr Conte and Chelsea were always in support of my captaincy of the Nigerian team in Rio.

"The manager gave me his full blessing to participate at the Olympics and even encouraged me to bring back the gold medal- something I spoke to the media about that time.

"It goes without saying that there's nothing but absolute respect between myself, the Nigerian national team and Chelsea FC, something that was demonstrated by Mr Rohr's recent visit to Cobhams.

"My only focus now is on winning more silverware with Chelsea and getting Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup. Two challenges I can't wait to face."

Since arrival from the Rio Olympic Games, Mikel is yet to be listed for the Blues this term and has been linked with several moves in the January window.













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  • Mikel is lying. Mr Rohr did not just say what he said if he did not get his facts. So why is Mikel not even on the bench. He has not played even a second in the other comprletitions that most clubs rest their 1st XI and use those that have not been featuring in the league. Yesterday, there was an interview that Mikel granted CS and he was asked about his stay in Chelsea or something and he said we should ask Conte even saying we can phone him if we want his number. Again why  did he wait until now to deny Rohr's comments. Almost all papers, radio stations and tvs all carried the news. So what happened since yesterday and today. Is it the congratulatory messages chelsea sent to Victor, Mikel and Omeruo after the 3-1 vs Algeria?  Nigerians will forgive Conte if Mikel is on the bench and starts playing in any competition. Mikel is lying.

  • Go to http://www.thesun.co.uk and read the interview Mikel gave the British tabloic Sun. In it he says Conte should  not expect him to swap his olympic bronze medal for a place in Chelsea. He saud Chelsea is punishing  him for going to the olympuc. So why the lie?!!!

  • Daniel 5 years ago

    I am pleading that we all respect other people's privacy, feelings and issues.Please be cautious of your comments to avoid running down our fellow human beings progress. 

  • @Daniel, yes privacy of people should be respect but  then a figure like Mikel is not a private person but public person. And when a public person lies, how do one confront him to tell him that he has lied is to resort to the same media he used to tell the lies or the truth as the case may be. All Nigerian and African were sympathetic to Mikel as we thought he is unnecessarilly been punished for representing Nigeria at the Olympics. Many adviced him to leave Chelsea. Afterall he was not the only player that went to the Olympics. Neymar of Barca was there too. Many others. Red Sun newspaper and see the interview he granted when other British paper have published like the national mirror, daily mail, metro. So why is he coming again to say he did not say so and trying to blame the grandfatherly Nigerian national coach, Mr Rohr. Something is really wrong. I know all sport radios will discuss the topic today and I will be interested to know why he is coming to make a contradictory statement to Rohr.

  • What is the problem with you people played or not played sit on the bench or not, in Chelsea Mikel showed his outstanding ability last Saturday and he scored a goal. His name is still stamped in Chelsea pay roll. Please let us be serious and mind our own businesses.

  • Victor Ibiwoye 5 years ago

    @djeniko I hope you understand that mikel is in situations which needs to be handled with care. We all love mikel but making negative comments against his coach and club would not help him. The guy wants to get back to action and he is approaching it the best possible way.