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Mikel Obi reflects on Premier League career: Choosing Chelsea over Manchester United

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Former Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi opened up about a pivotal moment in his career when he had to choose between two English football giants, Chelsea and Manchester United. Reflecting on his decision over 18 years later, Mikel revealed his thoughts and feelings about his time in the Premier League.

Following his standout performance at the 2005 U-20 World Cup with Nigeria, Mikel garnered attention from top European clubs. Among them were Chelsea and Manchester United, both vying for his signature

. Despite engaging in discussions with legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Mikel ultimately made the decision to join Chelsea in the summer of 2006, a choice that would shape the trajectory of his career.

However, in hindsight, Mikel expressed some regret over his decision, acknowledging the potential for greater success had he chosen Manchester United.

“I should have won more Premier League titles (if I had moved to Man United), but I have four FA Cup titles,” he lamented. Additionally, Mikel acknowledged that he would have had the distinction of being the first Nigerian player to grace the pitch at Old Trafford.

Despite these reflections, Mikel emphasized the positive experiences he had during his 11-year tenure at Chelsea, describing it as a “fantastic moment” and declaring the club as his “home.” Arriving in 2006, Mikel became an integral part of the Chelsea squad, contributing to their success on multiple fronts.

Throughout his illustrious career at Chelsea, Mikel amassed an impressive collection of trophies, including the prestigious UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, four FA Cups, two Premier League titles, two League Cups, and a Community Shield.

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These accolades underscore Mikel’s significant contributions to Chelsea’s rich history and his enduring legacy in English football.

As Mikel Obi reflects on his time in the Premier League, his journey serves as a reminder of the pivotal decisions that shape careers and the lasting impact of those choices on football history.

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