Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has finally opened up on his ragged relationship with erstwhile club’s coach Jose Mourinho
Mikel Obi, a Nigerian national said that the former manager Jose Mourinho suddenly developed a cold shoulder towards him.
According to the football maestro, Mourinho lost belief in him sometime into the season, hence his withdrawal from the top club eleven.
Mourinho was sacked by the club in December after the team dropped dangerously close to the relegation zone in the Premier League.
Obi at a point failed to start games while Mourinho lasted.
Mikel, who has praised interim boss Guus Hiddink publicly a number of times since he took over, played just five times in the league under Mourinho in the first half of the campaign.
“I think confidence is everything, if a manager doesn’t believe in you, trust me there’s no way you can succeed,” Mikel told Goal.com.
“Even if you do things right he would always make sure he finds fault.
“He didn’t have the belief that he had in me before, which is fine because every manager has the player that they have trust in.”
Mikel has been a Chelsea player since 2006 when he signed from Lyn.
Meanwhile, the adept midfielder has just been named the new captain of Nigerian national team, the Super eagles.
He was initially snubbed by former coach, Sunday Oliseh for captainship albeit one of the most senior players in the national team.
However, interim boss, Samson Siasia, at a press conference in Kaduna on 24th March, upturned the table for Mikel to get the captain’s armband.
Mikel represented Nigeria at the U-17 and U-20 levels at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship and won the Silver Ball for the second-best player at the tournament.
He was runner-up behind Lionel Messi, as Nigeria finished second behind Argentina.
He made his debut for the Super Eagles on August 17, 2005, when he came on as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 friendly win over Libya.
He did not play for the national team again prior to being named in the squad for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations.
Mikel Obi made his FIFA World Cup debut during the 2014 tournament in Brazil, winning a Man-of-the-Match award in the Super Eagles’ opening game against Iran.
He helped the team to reach the knockout stage for the first time since 1998.
His first game as the team’s General was somewhat catastrophic as Nigeria drew 1-1 at home against Egypt in a crucial encounter.
Nigeria was leading the match 1-0 till the 90th minute when the Pharaohs of Egypt struck at the last minute.