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Premier League: why Manchester United, Chelsea ‘fought’ over my transfer — Mikel



Super Eagles and Tianjin TEDA midfielder, John Obi Mikel, has finally revealed what really happened when he signed for both Manchester United and Chelsea over ten years ago.

The Nigerian was photographed in a Red Devils shirt at his press conference unveiling, but never went on to play for the club.

After impressing for Nigeria at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, Mikel earned a trial at Manchester United, as reported in The Sun.

Still in school, Mikel left his family to go overseas and trained with United’s first team. So impressed by the teenager’s talent, Roy Keane and Paul Scholes told Sir Alex Ferguson that he must sign John Obi Mikel.

A month’s trial was followed by another three weeks at Carrington.

One agent even approached the Nigerian with a briefcase full of cash – £53,000 to be exact – promising that and more if he signed then and there.

Desperate to get his man, Alex Ferguson told Mikel that he could be driving plush cars like all the other Manchester United players.

After returning home, Mikel’s first call wasn’t from United as promised, but from agent John Shittu, telling him Chelsea were now interested.

The midfielder trained with the Blues and subsequently signed Shittu as his agent.

Seven months passed and Mikel moved to Norway where he trained under former United man Henning Berg at Lyn Oslo.

After turning 18, Mikel signed a pro contract with the side and, following a few appearances for the club, Ferguson flew out to meet him.

The ex-United boss declared he did not want to lose Mikel again and sent a contract worth £1.5million to Lyn Oslo.

It wasn’t until Mikel had signed that he found out Chelsea had an agreement in place with Lyn Oslo to not sell him to any other club.

“We flew to London,” Mikel told The Sun. “I remember thinking: ‘I’ve signed for United but now I’m flying to Chelsea!’.”

News in Norway had reported that Mikel had been kidnapped such was the nature of his sudden disappearance.

The Nigerian stayed in a house in London while a year-long legal battle ensued, not kicking a ball for a club in that time.

Mikel did however compete for Nigeria in the African Nations Cup in Egypt.

Upon returning, Mikel met with then Premier League chief Sir Dave Richards and told him that he wanted to play for Chelsea.

A secret meeting with Jose Mourinho then took place, involving six cars just to get Mikel there. The Portuguese convinced Mikel to join.

Mikel met with Fergie again seven days later when he had to tell a very angry Old Trafford legend he wouldn’t be joining the club.

“It was surreal,” Mikel told The Sun. “I was at school, but had Chelsea and Manchester United — two of the world’s biggest clubs — trying to sign me. I’ll never forget that second meeting with Sir Alex. I’d signed a deal at United but had to tell him: ‘Sorry, I want to play for Chelsea.”

“I heard nothing from United after my trials but Chelsea looked after me and my family. I had a loyalty to them.”

But the ordeal ended with Chelsea paying £4m to Lyn Oslo and £12m to Manchester United in compensation.

Mikel went on to make 374 appearances for Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, One Champions League trophy and one Europa League trophy.

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PFA team of the year: Liverpool, Man City players dominate list




English Premier League (EPL) defending champions Manchester City dominated the Professional Footballers’ Association’s (PFA) Team of the Year announced on Thursday, claiming six out of 11 spots.

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson, forwards Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero, midfielders Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho, and centre back Aymeric Laporte were all named in the side, which also had four players from Liverpool.

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The 2018/2019 EPL leaders are a point ahead of Liverpool in the race for the title, with both teams having three games left to play.

Liverpool dominated the defensive positions with centre back Virgil van Dijk joined by full backs Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold in the side and Sadio Mane named as a forward.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was the only player not from either Manchester City or Liverpool to be named in the team.

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La Liga: Real Madrid releases squad against Getafe




Real Madrid have released their squad that will tackle Getafe in tonight’s La Liga fixture at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez Stadium.

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane released a list of 19 players through the club’s official Twitter page on Thursday morning.

The Los Blancos head to the game following a 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Below is Real Madrid’s squad against Getafe:

K. Navas, Courtois, Altube, Carvajal, Vallejo, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Reguilon, Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, Asensio, Brahim, Isco, Benzema, Bale, Lucas V.

The kick-off time for the match is 8:30pm

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Herrera, Sanchez, Juan Mata others tipped to leave Manchester United




Seven players have been tipped to leave Manchester United this summer, according to Manchester Evening News.

The club is expected to have a busy summer transfer window as manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer hopes to rebuild the club.

Solskjaer looks to rejuvenate his squad at Old Trafford to close the gap on rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.

United may also face a battle to retain the services of key players.

Ander Herrera is approaching the end of his contract and the Spaniard is tipped to leave Old Trafford with PSG a possible destination.

Alexis Sanchez is also tipped to leave United this summer, after struggling to find consistency since his arrival from Arsenal in January 2018.

Also Juan Mata, another player approaching the end of his contract, is tipped for an exit.

Here is lists of players tipped to leave Old Trafford:
Ander Herrera, Alexis Sanchez, Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba, David De Gea and Marcus Rashford.

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