Drogba Wants Me To Leave Chelsea – Mikel

Drogba Wants Me To Leave Chelsea – Mikel

Mikel Obi has revealed how former teammate, Didier Drogba, is playing a role in his speculated move to Turkish side Galatasaray in the summer.

Drogba Wants Me To Leave Chelsea – Mikel

A daily Turkish newspaper, Sabah, quoted Mikel as saying he had spent a long time at Chelsea and was looking forward to life in Istanbul.

“I’m very pleased with Galatasaray’s offer,” Sabah quoted Mikel as saying.

“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 playing Champions League football and doing well in the competition.”

He continued: “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.

“All that is left is for the clubs to reach an agreement.”

Meanwhile, Press Association Sport said the midfielder denied telling the Turkish media that he was leaving Chelsea. He insisted he made no such comments.

Mikel was a player who split opinions among fans – some hailed him for his defensive aptitude and performances in big games while others chastised him for his lack of attacking nous.

Signed as an attacking midfielder but thrown into Chelsea’s first-team at the age of 19 by Jose Mourinho, Mikel has matured in a defensive role in the seven years since.

Arguably his greatest performance came in the 2012 Champions League final which saw Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena.

During his time at Chelsea he won the Premier League, the FA Cup four times, the League Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League.

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