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6 reasons Chelsea fans will never forget Mikel

6 reasons Chelsea fans will never forget Mikel

Nigerian international football star John Obi Mikel has on Friday, January, 6, 2017 announced his mega move to Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda and he is expected to be earning the sum of 140,000 pounds every week.

The Super Eagles captain was earlier reported to be heading to Valencia, but the deal could not be sealed which paved way for the Chinese club to get his signature on a three-year deal.

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Nigerian international Mikel Obi with Tianjin official

After spending ten years at the Stamford Bridge winning eleven trophies with the Blues, here we bring you six reasons Chelsea fans will not forget the 29-year-old midfielder.

1. Transfer saga

In the year 2006, Mikel Obi's transfer from Norwegian side Lyn Oslo to Stamford bridge generated controversies between Chelsea and Manchester United.

The player was alleged to have signed for United before penning another signature to Chelsea. The matter was eventually resolved when Chelsea had to pay United a substantial amount.

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2. Trophies

Mikel Obi's stint at Chelsea was baptized with lots of success as he has made 374 appearances for the Blues winning 11 trophies along the way. Premier League: 2009–10, 2014–15, FA Cup: 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12, League Cup: 2006-07, 2014-15, FA Community Shield: 2009, UEFA Champions League: 2011–12, UEFA Europa League: 2012–13.

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3. Loyalty

Before his departure at Stamford bridge, the Super Eagles captain was the second-longest serving player at Stamford Bridge after John Terry and his consistent role on the bench forced him out of the club.

4. Pass accuracy

During his first three years at Stamford bridge, Mikel had the highest pass completion in the Premier League, boasting an impressive 89.93%, better than the likes of Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard or Man United’s Paul Scholes.

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Mikel Obi been sent off by referee Mark Clattenburg

5. Threat to referee

Many Chelsea fans won't forget how the Super Eagles captain was charged with misconduct by the Football Association (FA) on 22 November 2012.

He was given a three-match ban and fined £60,000 for threatening referee Mark Clattenburg during Chelsea's 3 – 2 defeat to Manchester United that year.

6. 2016 Rio Olympics

Mikel Obi's participation at the 2016 Rio Olympics was said to be the rationale why Chelsea manager Antonio Conte refused to give him a chance, but despite all the pressure, Mikel explained that Conte was in support of his participation at the Rio 2016 games to the delight of all Chelsea fans.

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