Mikel pleads for Blues move
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
John Obi Mikel has called on Fifa to let him join Chelsea instead of Man Utd.John Obi Mikel has called on Fifa to intervene and enable him to join Chelsea instead of Manchester United.
The Nigerian's future is currently being investigated by Fifa after he walked out of Norwegian outfit Lyn claiming they pressured him into signing for Manchester United.
Mikel has found himself involved in a tug-of-war between Chelsea and United, with the Old Trafford club feeling they had signed him in April.
The transfer erupted into a massive row with the player saying Lyn sold him to United against his wishes.
Mikel has admitted that he wants to play for Chelsea rather than United after claiming he had been training with The Blues since before even Jose Mourinho took charge and that he considered himself a Chelsea player.
The 19-year-old has revealed that Chelsea have paid his expenses and helped support his family for the last two years and that he wants Fifa to cancel the contract he signed with United so he can move to Stamford Bridge.
"Everything is with Fifa now. I just want them to take decisions for me," Mikel told the Daily Mail.
"But I just have to make my own final decision. I just want them to sort out things for me because everyone just wants to get money for themselves and I don't think that's nice.
"Fifa should look into that and help me because they all know the truth.
"I left United two years ago and I haven't spoken to anyone from United before I went to Chelsea.
"So I didn't have any interest in United any more. I took that out of my head, then I fell in love with Chelsea.
"All my heart and mind was to play with Chelsea because the coach likes me, the people there like me, the players - the big boys - they all like me.
"I saw that my future is going to be bright in Chelsea so I decided to stay there."
Meanwhile, it has been mooted that Juan Sebastian Veron and Hernan Crespo could be forced to return to Chelsea after failing to seal moves to Italy
Reports emanating from England claim Crespo has been unable to agree a deal at Milan, despite the Rossoneri revealing earlier this week they were close to securing his signature on a permanent basis.
It is also suggested that Internazionale are struggling to agree a deal with Chelsea for Veron.
Veron spent the whole of last season on loan at Inter and they are keen to keep him there on a full-time basis.
Inter owner Massimo Moratti has admitted the club are still working hard to clinch Veron's signing.
"Veron is a great professional and he responds on and off the pitch with the same seriousness," said Moratti.
The reports have emerged in the wake of Chelsea suggesting they are reconsidering their stance of lending some of their players to rival foreign clubs, but it is expected that both Argentines will seal their moves away from Stamford Bridge over the summer.