I Won’t Trade Olympics Medal For Chelsea Place

By Ikenga Chronicles November 14, 2016

I Won’t Trade Olympics Medal For Chelsea Place

Super Eagles of Nigeria’s captain Mikel Obi says he will not trade his Olympics medal for a place in Antonio Conte’s team.

The 29-year-old, who guided the Super Eagles to a 3-1 victory over Algeria’s Desert Foxes in their Russia 2018
World Cup qualifier in Uyo on Saturday, admits he is no longer happy at Stamford Bridge and could leave in search of first team football.

Mikel however stated that he is working hard in training, while clarifying that he had never said or believed that he is being punished by Conte for going to the Olympics.

It has however been reported that Conte supposedly decided to freeze the South Africa 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner out of first-team contention because he opted to represent Nigeria at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where the Under-23 team won bronze
(Nigeria’s only medal in the competition).

“Yes, maybe people will say the new manager was upset I left and went to the Olympics, that I didn’t have a pre-season with the team,”

The Sun quoted the player, who scored Nigeria’s second goal against Algeria in Uyo, as saying. “He (Conte) probably thinks I don’t care about the team, things like that. But I don’t want to use those excuses. I have to keep training hard and make sure I change the manager’s mind. If not, then we’ll see what happens in January.”

Mikel added, “But, no, I would never swap my Olympic medal for a place back in the Chelsea team. One thing you have to do in life as a man is that when you make a decision, or a sacrifice, you have to deal with it. You have to stand by your decision. You have to live with it.”

“I have not one single regret in going to the Olympics. And I will not trade my medal for anything”

To further clarify on the rumour that Gernot Rohr said he was being punished for going to the Olympics, he said;

“I’d like to clarify that the recent media claims I’ve been punished by Chelsea for participating at the Rio 2016 Olympics are completely inaccurate.”

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