Super Eagles Captain, Mikel Obi has revealed the real reason why he left the English Premier League for Chinese Super League despite impressive show for Chelsea.
Speaking to Super Eagles Media team, Mikel said it was former Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte who forced him out of the club in January 2017. He explained that Conte's forced him out because he agreed to represent Nigeria at the 2016 Olympics Games.
”When that opportunity came up – either to go to Rio Olympics or play for Chelsea – I decided to tell Victor Moses because I was older, he’s young, he hasn’t played yet for the club. I told him I’ll go and he stays back.
”If I lose my place it’s fine, Victor stayed and I went. I came back, the manager never spoke to me again, didn’t put me in the team and I said okay fine, I’ll leave.
”The commitment and love that I have for my country will never change until I stop playing.
”Right now it will be difficult to find young players who will be able to do that for the national team because the agents make money from the clubs.”