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Mikel says he signed for Chelsea over Man United because of 3 Nigerians

Mikel says he signed for Chelsea over Man United because of 3 Nigerians

- Mikel Obi reveals why he chose Chelsea over Manchester United

- The Tiajin Teda also said it remains the biggest decision of his life

- The Super Eagles bowed out of Russia following a loss to Argentina

Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has revealed his decision to sign for Chelsea over Manchester United changed the lives of three people.

The Nigerian was already destined for a move to Old Trafford from Lyn Oslo in 2006 and was even pictured in a United shirt, only to join Chelsea instead at the 11th hour.

Chelsea paid their rivals £12m in compensation to push through the deal for the Nigerian sensation, who later spent 10 glorious years at Stamford Bridge.

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The 31-year-old has now opened up on his decision and admitted it was not a selfish one with the Blues signing three other Nigerians to keep him company in England.

"I had all these people on both sides fighting over me. Agents, managers, strangers, guys handing me papers," he told The Players' Tribune.

"I had Sir Alex Ferguson calling me on the phone on one side. And I had Roman Abramovich on the other side, putting me up in London. It was really confusing and I was a kid, you know?

"After a while, someone from FIFA gave me a phone call. They said, “Listen, we know you’re young and you have these two clubs fighting over you. We can’t decide for you. You can only go where you want. You have to tell us.

"It was the biggest decision of my life. You know what made my mind up? Chelsea had signed three other players from Nigeria along with me.

"These guys… their lives depended on the decision I was making. If I went to United, they were gone. If I went to Chelsea, they were going to have a career.

"No matter how long it lasted, that was important to me. Just to give them a chance, you know? I chose Chelsea, and four lives changed that day."

Mikel led the Nigerian team that lost 2-1 to Argentina in their final Group D match played at St. Petersburg.

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Nigeria failed to qualify beyond the group stage as they could only manage three points from a possible nine.

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Croatia defeated Iceland in the other group game to top the group and set up a last 16 match against Denmark.

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Milan Badelj opened the scoring in the 53rd minute while Aron Gunnarsson converted a spot kick to level the scores.

Ivan Perisic scored a late winner to send the Eastern Europeans through to the next stage of the competition.

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