Mikel denies comments
By Kent Hedlundh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
John Obi Mikel has denied stating that his Lyn Oslo team-mates are jealous of him.
Nigerian starlet John Obi Mikel has denied making comments that his team-mates are jealous of him.
The Lyn Oslo player's future remains uncertain after both Manchester United and Chelsea declared their interest in him.
The Red Devils initially signed the African talent to a contract that the youngster has since claimed he was forced to sign against his will.
Mikel is now keen on a move to Stamford Bridge instead, with The Blues having been long-term admirers of him, and Fifa are to make a judgement on his case in the near future.
In the meantime, Mikel has continued to play with the Norwegian club but he infuriated Lyn officials after quotes attributed to him in Norwegian papers Aftenposten and Dagbladet stated his team-mates are 'jealous' of him.
The midfielder has denied making the published comments and that his agent John Shittu has no influence over what he says to the press.
"That is why I don't want to talk to you (media), because you don't write what I say," Mikel hit back to VG.
"That is a big problem for me.
"I have my own personality and say what I want," Mikel added regarding Shittu's role.
Aftenposten have responded to Mikel's denial by stating that the player's quotes in their interview with them were accurate.
"What is written in Aftenposten today (Friday) is the correct version and he has not been wrongly quoted," claimed journalist Sindre Olsen, who was one of two journalists to speak with the 18-year-old at the SAS hotel in Oslo.