Mikel delight at United chance

John Obi Mikel has expressed his delight at penning a deal with Man United.

Lyn starlet John Obi Mikel has expressed his delight at penning a deal with Premiership giants Manchester United.

The Nigerian starlet was unveiled on Friday and will join The Red Devils on a four-year contract once the Norwegian league concludes.

Chelsea were thought to be hot on the heels of the 18-year-old, but United beat the league leaders to the punch to land the highly-rated youngster.

Mikel is delighted he has caught the eye of Sir Alex Ferguson (pictured) and that a club of that size has put their faith in him.

"I am pleased to get the chance to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world," explained Mikel.

"I'm looking forward to it. I am surprised that a big club like Manchester United wanted me.

"I had a contract with Lyn and not with Chelsea. I read about it in the papers, but haven't heard from them."

Lyn director Morgan Andersen is pleased with the deal that sees Mikel remain with the side for the remainder of the campaign.

"We are very happy that John will stay with us all season," said Andersen to TV2.

"We are also happy that he joins the best club in the world when it comes to taking care of his talents."

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