Former Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi says picking Chelsea over Premier League rivals Manchester United was the best decision of his life.

Mikel made a controversial move to Chelsea in 2006 after Manchester United after Manchester United claimed they had already signed him.

After a protracted saga that lasted for months, Chelsea offered to pay Manchester United $12m, while Mikel’s then Danish club Lyn Oslo got $4m.

The midfielder then spent 11 years at Stamford Bridge, winning the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, two Premier Leagues, two League Cups, and four FA Cups.

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He left Chelsea for the Chinese Super League club, Tianjin Teda, in 2017.

“I don’t regret any decision I made because I enjoyed everything I achieved at Chelsea – it’s the best decision I have ever made in my life,” Mikel told BBC Sport Africa.

“I signed a pre-contract for Manchester United when I was 17. If you are a kid and you see Sir Alex Ferguson right in front of you with the contract, of course, you will be tempted.”



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