Mikel makes plea to United
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
John Obi Mikel has begged Manchester United to stop trying to sign him.
John Obi Mikel has begged Manchester United to completely abandon their bid to bring him to Old Trafford.
The Nigerian youngster has been the subject of one of the most protracted, and tiresome, transfer sagas of all-time after signing a contract with United to leave Lyn Oslo.
The midfielder wants to join Chelsea, where he will pick up a greater salary, and United are being urged to back down, despite Sir Alex Ferguson suggesting the teenager does still want to head for Manchester.
It is becoming clearer and clearer that this is not the case, but United are unlikely to want to merely allow a player they have signed to head for their Premiership rivals.
"For the last nine months, Mikel has been the subject of legal proceedings, complaints before Fifa and media attention," said a statement from solicitors Russells, who act on the African's behalf.
"He is caught in the middle of a dispute between Manchester United and Chelsea. He is intent that the situation should change.
"Mikel is very concerned that Manchester United have failed to accept his decision as to where he wants to play or to enter into any sort of constructive dialogue to resolve this dispute.
"He has already put himself in the hands of the footballing authorities and calls upon them to intervene, to which end we are willing to meet whenever, wherever and with whoever, in order to break this deadlock.
"Whatever agenda the respective football clubs involved in this dispute have, they must not be allowed to damage Mikel's career."
Meanwhile, Lyn have reported agent John Shittu to the police for falsifying a contract last April.
Lyn's lawyer Cato Shiotz suggested Shittu claims a contract is from 2004 when it should be dated a year later, and that they want a "thorough investigation" into the allegation.