Still basking in the euphoria of winning a Bronze medal at the just concluded Rio 2016 Olympics, John Mikel Obi has returned to Stamford Bridge stating that he will prefer to play in a more advanced position.
The Chelsea midfielder who was one of two senior players in the Nigeria Under-23 squad that won bronze in the men’s football event at the Games in Rio de Janeiro said that he “enjoyed every minute of being in Brazil” and is already relishing the prospect of featuring at the next Olympics despite knowing that he would be 33 by then.
“This experience has given me the hunger to do it again at the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. I will be only 33 then and my game will still be at a high level.
“I enjoyed every minute of being in Brazil and I have been talking to the other guys about playing in another Olympics. I’m already looking forward to it and the countdown is on!” Mikel wrote in his column for ‘Evening Standard’ on Monday.
The Chelsea man who captained the Dream Team VI featured in all of Nigeria’s six matches at the Olympic Games, playing an average of 88 minutes per game and he has expressed his desire to play in a more advanced role at Chelsea.
“When I woke up in my hotel room on Sunday morning, I opened my eyes to see my Olympic bronze medal lying there beside me. It just hammered home to me what I had achieved with the rest of my Nigeria team-mates the day before. We beat Honduras 3-2 to get the bronze and secure Nigeria’s first Olympics medal in any sport since 2008.
“It has provided me with a nice lift as I return to Chelsea. I will go back to see the manager and see what his plans are for me. I want to get back into training and prove myself. I want to play and help the team to win games.
“I know it will be difficult because I have missed most of pre-season and the coach has a new way of playing. But it is a positive thing for me that I have been playing well in Brazil and I’m in good shape,” he said. Speaking about the bronze medal, Mikel said: “It really is a dream come true for me.
“The plan is to have a little break, which is why the timing couldn’t be better as the season stops for two weeks for international fixtures after the Burnley game anyway”, he submitted.
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