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16 years after, Mikel Obi finally reveals why he snubbed Man United for Chelsea


Former Super Eagles captain Mikel John Obi has finally revealed that he snubbed Manchester United for Chelsea in 2006 because of former coach Jose Mourinho and Roman Abramovich.

16 years ago, these two Premier League giants were in battle for the signature of Mikel Obi who eventually made the move to Stamford Bridge.

At that time, the Nigerian midfielder was at Old Trafford and had even been unveiled by Manchester United before he snubbed the deal and joined Chelsea.

Mikel Obi’s decision not to play for Manchester United then was a painful one for former coach Sir Alex Ferguson who wanted the Nigerian in his squad.

”I was young then and it was a good thing that the two clubs were fighting to have me and I understand that I signed for Man United, but I told them that I wanted to go to Chelsea.

”I changed my mind because of Mourinho, Roman Abramovich and everybody at Chelsea then and I was happy to have made the decision.”

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