Mikel Obi Returns To Chelsea After Seven Years, To Feature Against Bayern Munich
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By Our Correspondent
Former Super Eagles captain and Chelsea legend, Mikel John Obi will make a senstional return to The Blues seven years after his departure.
The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner will return to the club along with ex teammate,
Ramires in Chelsea’s Legends of Europe game against Bayern Munich next month
Mikel will put on the West London side’s jersey again after the club announced him among the players from their maiden 2022 Champions League victory to be taking part in the Chelsea Legends vs Bayern Munich Legends match at Stamford Bridge in September.
Mikel spent 10 year at Chelsea making appearances for Chelsea between 2006 and 2016, accumulating 372 appearances and also winning every major honor during his time with the West London club
The 36-year-old moved to England after a stellar performance for Nigeria’s U-20 Flying Eagles at the 2005 U-20 World Cup in the Netherlands. Hé helped Nigeria win silver at the tournament after they lost 2-1 to a Lionel Messi led Argentina in the final.
Mikel won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup four times, the League Cup twice, and the Champions League and Europa League, too, before departing the club in November 2016.
Mikel was arguably the standout player for the Blues on that historic night in Munich and will join fellow 2012 heroes John Terry, Florent Malouda, Salomon Kalou, and Michael Essien, as well as manager Robert Di Matteo for the game in honor of Gianluca Vialli.
The former Italian striker Vialli died from pancreatic cancer in January this year at the age of 58 after representing Chelsea as both a player and a manager.
Mikel was part of the squad that won Nigeria the third Africa Cup of Nations(AFCON) trophy in 2013, and the Bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.