Leadership (Abuja)

21 June 2013

Nigeria: Mikel Ready to Quit Chelsea for Galatasaray

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John Obi Mikel, Nigerian football player.

Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has confirmed Galatasaray's offer and revealed he is ready quit his English Premiership club. Mike lis at the moment with the Nigerian national team in Brazil for the Confederations Cup. "I'm very pleased with Galatasaray's offer," Mikel told Turkish newspaper Sabah. "I asked Drogba for advice and he told me that Istanbul is a fantastic city, that Galatasaray is a huge club and that I have to make the move. I have played at Chelsea for a long time and it's now time for me to leave.

I'm still only 26 and it's great to receive an offer from a club [Galatasaray] playing Champions League football and doing well in the competition."

The Nigeria international said he does not expect any cash problems and Chelsea to stand in his move to Turkey. "Talks have reached an advanced level between Chelsea and Galatasaray. Chelsea won't make the move difficult and regarding my salary there won't be a problem," he said. "All that is left is for the clubs to reach an agreement."

The 26-year-old defensive midfielder joined Chelsea from FK Lyn for €26 million in 2006 and has four years left on his contract.

Mikel has made 277 appearances for Chelsea during which time he has won the Premier League title, four FA Cups and lifted the Champions League as well as the Europa League trophy. Galatasaray is considering its options in the defensive midfield position after talks with Juventus over a transfer for Felipe Melo

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