Mikel-Obi distance self from Biafra agitation
- I’m only focused on football, says John Mikel-Obi
- Says never at a time he had any discussion with anyone over Biafra agitation.
A new move ahead of the 2020-21 season wouldn’t be the only news about Mikel-Obi that’ll make the rounds this week, the 91 capped Super Eagles also needed to clear his name on a said video that claimed he was in support of the secession of the Eastern part of the country.
Mikel has dismissed claims that he was an agitator for a Biafra government – according to the midfielder, “I’m fully focused on football.”
“I was as shocked as you are to see the video that I supported a Biafra government,” the former Chelsea midfielder, as quoted by Aoifootball said.
“I never spoke to anybody about such and would never get myself involved with such things, especially matters that have to do with the politics of the country.
“I’m fully focused on what has made me who I’m today (football); it’s been a very tough season and I’m just enjoying time with family and focusing on the next step for my career.”
However, after a turbulent end to last season, where Mikel had to terminate his contract with Turkish side Trabzonspor days after he expressed concerns about the Turkish Super Lig continuing amid the global coronavirus pandemic, the midfielder, yesterday was announced as a Stoke City player.
According to the English championship side, the Nigerian international midfielder joins Morgan Fox, James Chester and Steven Fletcher at the bet365 Stadium ahead of the 2020/21 Championship season.
On the signing of the midfielder who had an illustrious career with Chelsea, Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill said: “We’re delighted to bring John to the Club.
“His playing career speaks for itself and underlines his calibre as a player.
“I was really impressed with him when we met for the first time and he outlined what he wants from the next phase of his career.”
“We spent four hours talking and he made it clear he wants to get back into the Premier League and finish his career there and hopefully he can do that with Stoke City.”
Mikel made more than 370 appearances for Chelsea, helping them to land the Premier League title twice, as well as three FA Cups, the Champions League and Europa League.
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