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Mourinho Tips Mikel For Chelsea Captaincy

Posted: Jul 29, 2015 at 1:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has fancied John Obi Mikel as a likely replacement for John Terry as the Blues’ captain.

The Super Eagles star has spent nine years with the Stamford Bridge lords since his controversial move from Norwegian side, Lyn in 2006 and had since won over 224 caps with four goals to his credit.

Mikel and Mourinho

Mikel and Mourinho

With 34-year-old Terry’s career with the London side winding down, it means the English champions will have to select a new skipper and Mourinho feels Obi  the team’s second longest serving player may just be accorded with the honour of wearing the skipper’s armband.

“Mikel is, after John, the guy with most years of Chelsea,” Mourinho told

“I think (Cesc) Fabregas has personality for a captain too. Eden is coming with big status now and was voted one of the top 10 players in Europe last year.

“In my opinion he should be in the top three not in the top 10. Let’s see what is going to happen but we have these people. But let’s say John and Branislav are our captains and the others are ready to come,” he said.

Mikel recently ended speculation over his Chelsea future by insisting he is happy at Stamford Bridge.  The 28-year-old was linked with the likes of Al Ain and Fenerbahce during the transfer window but remained with the Blues despite the interest.

Mikel also claimed he considered leaving Chelsea but has had a change of mind since the manager Jose Mourinho wants him to stay.

“I have two years left on my contract here and want to see them out. I am happy here and we will see what happens. I do want to stay, the manager wants me to stay so I don’t have any issues,” Mikel told London Evening Standard.

“The manager has told me he wants me to stay. He said that and I’m pretty happy to stay.

“This is going to be my tenth season at the club, next year it will be my 11th. I have been here so long due to the contracts I have signed and I like to be somewhere where I have developed friendships.

“This is like my family now. Every time I come to work it’s like coming in to see my family. I know the whole place, the staff, it is going to be a hard place to leave when my contract runs out and then we will see what happens,” he concluded.