John Mikel Obi, ex super eagles captain has revealed that he did not regret picking Chelsea over Manchester United, and it was the best decision he made in his entire career.
In 2006, Mikel Obi caused a saga, that lasted for months, as he moved to Chelsea after signing a pre-contract with Manchester United, to pacify United, Chelsea has to pay Manchester United €12m. Mikel spent 11 years at Chelsea, he helped Chelsea win the UEFA champions league, Europa league, two premier leagues, two league cups, and Four FA cups. In 2017, he transferred to the Chinese super league club, Tianjin Teda.
Many fans believe that he would have recorded a more successful career at Manchester United than at Chelsea.
Speaking on this, Mikel has said, that he has no regrets whatsoever as he did enjoy all his achievements at Chelsea, and it was the best decision he ever made in his football career.
He further admitted, that he actually did sign a pre-contract with Manchester United when he was 17, but it was out of fear and admiration for Alex Ferguson.
“I don’t regret any decision I made because I enjoyed everything I achieved at Chelsea – it’s the best decision I have ever made in my life,” Mikel told BBC Sport Africa.
“I signed a pre-contract for Manchester United when I was 17. If you are a kid and you see Sir Alex Ferguson right in front of you with the contract, of course, you will be tempted.”
On September 27, 2022, he announced that he was retiring from football at age 35.