Mikel Obi seems to be ever green with Chelsea even after almost a decade.
Despite all the turmoil at Chelsea, one thing has remained a perfect constant throughout – John Obi Mikel.
The Nigerian midfielder has been there throughout all their recent managers and is now enjoying a renaissance under Guus Hiddink.
Mikel has been restored to the team since Hiddink and, at a time when many Blues fans have fallen out with the majority of the squad, he remains a beaming light of professionalism.
And here’s 6 reasons he’s a true Chelsea legend as compiled by Metro Football
6. HE CHOSE CHELSEA OVER MAN UNITED
Everybody knows the story of how United agreed terms to sign Mikel from Norwegian side Lyn in 2005, only for Chelsea to move in.
|Mikel who initially signed for United, opted out and joied the Blues instead! Legend!|
They eventually negotiated an agreement for United to cancel their pre-contract agreement, and Mikel chose to join Chelsea despite already posing in the Red Devils kit and having a press conference.
5. HE’S WON LOADS
Make no mistakes, while he’s not always been a regular in the side, he’s got an incredible trophy cabinet.
|Mikel Obi with the champions league he won with the Blues in 2009|
Mikel has won the league twice, FA Cup four times, Capital One Cup twice, a Community Shield, the Europa League and the Champions League.
Add to that the African Nations Cup and Chelsea Young Player of the Year twice. Most players would be envious of those medals.
4. HIS PASS COMPLETION RECORD IS INSANE
Mikel’s passing isn’t always cutting open defences or clearing from his back four, but that doesn’t mean they’re not accurate.
|Mikel has an impressive 89.93% pass completion|
In his first three years at Chelsea, he had the highest pass completion in the Premier League, boasting an impressive 89.93%. That’s even better than the likes of Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard or Man United’s Paul Scholes.
He’s since returned to those stats, being the only player on the pitch to gain possession as many times as he lost it against Crystal Palace, and completing 78 of his 82 passes.
3. HE NEVER COMPLAINS
There’s been a couple of alleged revolts in the Chelsea dressing room in recent years – which have ultimately led to the exit of the manager.
|Mikel is definitely not a troublesome player like the fellow to his right|
Andre Villas-Boas, and more recently Jose Mourinho, were reported to have gone after falling out with the players, but Mikel was never mentioned as being one of the players involved, even though he’s not been playing much.
He’s a lover not a fighter.
2. HE ACTUALLY HAS UNREAL TEKKERS
A tough tackling central midfielder, people forget that Mikel actually has some pretty impressive skills in his locker.
Remember that backheel assist against Everton? Gorgeous. For Nigeria he plays in a more advanced No.10 role (even rocking the No.10 shirt) and often produces moments of attacking magic.
Stop it, John Obi!
1. HE’S LOYAL.
Mikel made just 18 appearances for Chelsea last season and has been used in a substitute role increasingly over the last few years.
|Mikel has refused offers from Turkey to stick to the Blues|
Despite that, he’s refused to push for a transfer away, despite Besiktas and Galatasaray both admitting in the summer that they wanted him.
Instead, he’s just got his head down and worked hard, and has now got his place back in the Chelsea line up – without saying a thing.
A true gentlemen.