Lyn blame Blues over Mikel
By Kent Hedlundh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chelsea are to blame for their failure to land John Obi Mikel, according to Lyn.Norwegian outfit Lyn have told Chelsea that they only have themselves to blame for failing to land Nigerian starlet John Obi Mikel.
The Blues are said to be furious after 18-year-old Obi Mikel signed for Manchester United on a four-year deal.
Chelsea had believed they had agreed a deal for Mikel - but instead United stole in and agreed a multi-million package with Oslo-based Lyn.
Last year Chelsea had opened talks about a potential co-operation agreement, but the Blues' lacklustre approach to this seems to have soured relations and eventually cost them one of the most highly rated youngsters in world football.
"If they had respected us, things might have been different," said Lyn director Morgan Andersen.
"We don't know that, but they [Chelsea] have only got themselves to blame.
"I don't say Chelsea can't be angry about it, but the transfer is in order."
Anderson claims that Chelsea could not have come to an agreement with Mikel and if they did, then what they did was illegal.
"In case they claim to have rights to Mikel, they have done something illegal and I expect Fifa to take that very seriously," he warned.
Anderson explained that Chelsea's decision to send youth boss Gwyn Williams to Norway last year, rather than chief executive Peter Kenyon - did not sit well with Lyn.
"He [Williams] was too busy with his mobile and other things so I had to leave the meeting," said Anderson.
Chelsea did come back for Mikel last month, but it was too little too late to secure a deal.
"They have overlooked us until the last few weeks and then what they offered was not good enough," Anderson confirmed.