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Mikel IS Staying!

Earlier this summer it was touted around that our Nigerian international, Mikel, was being touted around Europe.

It was even suggested that he`d be available for a cut-price fee of 5 million.

However, the club has moved quickly to dispel any such rumours with it being confirmed, by a source close to the player that the Nigerian is staying with the source remarking,

"Although Mikel is not first choice, he`s the first person Jose turns to when he wants a particular job done."

"The manager knows he can just slot him in there and he`ll do a great job."

"Jose has told Mikel he is still part of his plans for next season."


There`s also the fact that Mikel, come October, will be deemed a British citizen to take into the equation.




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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 3 2014

Time: 7:00PM

Your Comments

No club wants him. So he stays with us. So sad too bad.
Keyser Soze
What did you guys expect? He's staying here and probably will outlast the likes of Oscar-just saying. I am not his fan but i know the guy gives his all when called upon. So be it. The gaffer knows best.
BOTUM
Mikel deserves to stay and whenever he leaves I will assign him legendary status. He is a specialist in carrying out specific tasks which speaks to his control and discipline. These qualities are rare and among the fans on this site unwanted/unappreciated. I know you are awesome Mikel and so do your detractors. I however will give you credit where you deserve it. All the best for the new season and stay awesome.
had2bg
I really am losing faith in Jose. Why are Chelsea the only club in the world where you have to be at least 24 years old to play. He's got no bottle and dogbane and Torres are about inspiring as Mikel and Ramires. Mikel is a slug and the whole match goes flat whenever he gets the ball. He cannot control himself and I would gladly pay his airfare to see him go anywhere. CHELSEA need to encourage youth? I reckon if we paid a shed for another striker like Falcao we'd send him out on loan. I would never sign for Chelsea if I was under the age of 24. By the way, we were crap this afternoon.
skrapidblue
I'v got no problem with him staying as long as he does a good job as back up for matic
Hazard11
Courtois, Oscar, Hazard, Schurrle, Salah, Zouma, Ake, MVG are all 24 and above. Even Mikel, Cech, Essien etc started playing for Chelsea at 24.
BOTUM
So please identify which of these was a Jose purchase. Salah was a Wenger like panic buy and zouma was not his choice. Why are we trying to buy Miranda ?
skrapidblue
Mikel, Ramires, Torres... In the same squad of 17. This can only happen at chelsea!
Ikdaniels
Mikel, Ramires, Torres... In the same squad of 17. This can only happen at chelsea!
Ikdaniels
First off, mikel is a useful plug. I was extremely pleased that he was finally used at cb (late in the game). He can dk that job and his lack of creativity isnt an jssue in that position. His simple passing game is spot on. He's solid and doesnt dive in anymore. Hes excellent at breaking up play when in the holdong spot. No, he shouldnt start. But hes a quality sub. Not a lot of players with his talent and experience would except that role. I think he could be similar to john oshea at utd. Sit on the bench and play in central defense or mid when needed. Too many fifa managers on here. You cant field 11 flair players peoe. As for ramires...again I find it insane how hes treated. He works his ass off, scores huge goals and is faster than all but a few. Jose rates him. He was always going to. I called mata being parked on the bench and ramires being one of our most used players. Spot on.
Eric Clarkson
^ I was going to ask as to how he can play as a make shift CB.
BlueMIA
thats the problem with chelsea..we keep on selling good players and are stuck with useless like mikel torres and rami...
shlok27
Mikel's fault Chelsea lost today. Doom and gloom. You can't be losing games like this. Jose has lost it. Sack him. Get that Borussia guy, he'll know what to do. OMG Jose keeps Torres and got Drogba and sold Lukaku and Mata and KdB. What is he thinking. Crazy man. No idea what he is doing. Abramovich has lost it. Sack him as well I say. Sack them ALLL!!! Install me as an owner, director of football manager and 1st name on the teamsheet as a striker as I am better than torres although I hate to train, have a meniscus problem and am lazy as fck but I sure as **** know how to run a club and all those players. Sack them all I say. I'll take a paycut from Torres, I'll tell Terry what to do and I'll teach Zouma a thing or two about movement. Diego Costa who? I'll slap him in first training and make him my bch. It's the end of the world. Oh wait, it's not. It was a training game in front of an audience.
FS
I think he was solid today. Being his first game in a while, i think he wasn't out of place. We need to keep him at this stage with one of romeu. #ktbffh
kolagold25
Botum and skrapidblue.... Those players you mentioned played before they were 24. And by the way, our youth players today looked great. They'll see regular action this season. So what was it that you were on about?
solid7
And stop bringing up Lukaku... There is nothing that he could have added today. He is the same type - albeit lesser skilled - of player as the ones we fielded today. He would have looked just like he did in the WC...
solid7
@solid7 you obviously don't get the sarcasm in @botum comment, he was reacting to @skrapidblue first comment
Ige Bosun
I'll be very happy if Mikel stays. He may not be the sort of player you need against Burnley or Aston Villa but he is the sort of player we need against Man City & Liverpool never mind Bayern Munich or Real Madrid. If I was Mikel, as long as I was getting plenty of game times (and he will) I would only leave Chelsea to sign for another Champions League heavy weight. As none of those top 5 or 6 teams in Europe want him he should not lower himself to sign for a Southampton or Lyon or Wolfsburg - he is far too good for that.
CobhamBlue
Thank the gods john slowbi mikel is staying
Pantera98
Yeah, I was reading through a little quickly. Good on him for pointing it out. It's the height of ignorance to suggest that we have no youth in our squad.
solid7
One thing i am unclear about and would be glad if the better informed could clarify for me; what does Mikel becoming a British Citizen have to do with anything as regards his status in our squad..does it impact his international player status? While i would not mind to see Mikel depart if we got a clear upgrade at his position i know enough of this game to realize that what he does is often a thankless job of being one of the few players on the pitch who maintains iron discipline as far as positioning and assignment to be the team destroyer that terminates the oppositions attempts to create from the center of the field. Against top level opposition where we need to bunker down and do some "bus parking" a player of his unique skill set is always an asset to have. Needless to say he is also a model professional..a Jose type guy who does not mouth of to the press..does his job without fuss and can be counted upon by the manager to give 110% and carry out his given instructions to the T and to the best of his mental and physical capacity. Much respect sir..even when i have suggested his sale it has never been to diminish what he has done for us in the past or his status as one of the members of our second golden generation of players.
GabeU
One thing i am unclear about and would be glad if the better informed could clarify for me; what does Mikel becoming a British Citizen have to do with anything as regards his status in our squad..does it impact his international player status? While i would not mind to see Mikel depart if we got a clear upgrade at his position i know enough of this game to realize that what he does is often a thankless job of being one of the few players on the pitch who maintains iron discipline as far as positioning and assignment to be the team destroyer that terminates the oppositions attempts to create from the center of the field. Against top level opposition where we need to bunker down and do some "bus parking" a player of his unique skill set is always an asset to have. Needless to say he is also a model professional..a Jose type guy who does not mouth of to the press..does his job without fuss and can be counted upon by the manager to give 110% and carry out his given instructions to the T and to the best of his mental and physical capacity. Much respect sir..even when i have suggested his sale it has never been to diminish what he has done for us in the past or his status as one of the members of our second golden generation of players.
GabeU
Mikel want to be a legend like Lamps or Essien
DeepBlue1
mikel matic n ramires in midfeild the game stops there no one gonna score except us with counters ... romeu mvg r not ready i guess
gary777
lol @Gary777, all of the at the same time in a match??? That will be more than a bus, it will be an airplane...
Ikdaniels
Oriol Romeu has today (Monday) joined Stuttgart on a season-long loan. The midfielder, 22, who recently signed a three-year contract at Stamford Bridge, heads to the German top flight. The Spaniard moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2011 from Barcelona, and has so far made 33 Chelsea appearances. He spent last season on loan at Valencia.
BOTUM
I cant believe we are sending Romeu on loan instead of mikel. To me he (Romeu) is better than Mikel and MVG
Cyprian Bassey
Whose idea was to award Mikel a l/t contract, what a waist of space. Romeu>MVG> mikel. let us help in finding a buyer!!!!!
shaka09
You really dislike Chelsea if you think Romeu is better than either Mikel or even MVG. He might be on par with MVG, but so far, from this pre-season, he is not yet even that.
Francesca o' Croatia
@Ige Bosun, you saw it. I chose those players to prove a point.
BOTUM
And by the way, i doubt Mikel's ability in the air. How did he perform at centre back? I was not able to watch the whole game due to work issues.
BOTUM
Mate, You cannot judge players on pre season and kindly get off my back as you are spewing garbage.
shaka09
You apparently want Chelsea to challenge for Europa League again with that thinking.
Francesca o' Croatia
hard to accept promising romeu leaves and LAZY mikel stays..
Sathish Lakshmanan
He is promising what? To whom? How? Goes to say when a lazy one is regained yet the promising hard working one is out on loan. Clueless board and manager, clueless I tell you.
Francesca o' Croatia
^ When they gave Mikel that ridiculous contract considering his standard they actually were. Tell me who wants Mikel for his wages? What team? And yes at the age of 27 and seeing how Mikel played season after season he is done and dusted, at the age of 22 Romeu shows promise in more dynamic play so I rather go with him.
BlueMIA
You are free to go with him to Stuttgart as well. Mikel is at Chelsea right now so give him your support if you can.
Francesca o' Croatia
When he is on the field he has my support like all Chelsea players do including Torres. And why do I have to go to Stuttgart? I must have not read my Guide To Being A Chelsea Fan manual where it says I have to absolutely want Mikel as a Chelsea player or I am not a real fan.
BlueMIA
@Francesca, tell me.. how competitive is mikel? few seasons ago, if u have followed chelsea then u should remember that romeu played as a first choice DMF in our team than mikel and he really played well..
Sathish Lakshmanan
Many deluded and bias comment, what do people really see in this romeu???? He is bang on average,he couldn't even break into a poor valencia midfield, no way romeu is better than mikel.
oscarr
sathish - He didn't play that well and he wasn't a first choice either. Had he been, he would most likely stay that way. He did get his chances though, and don't get me wrong, he is a decent player with a potential to improve, but right now, he is not a starting material other than for the cups and the odd game in the EPL. I am not saying Mikel is, but I trust Mikel 75% more than I do Romeu right now and I am apparently not the only one, lest the one that matters.

MIA - You don't have to want him, but your bias is obvious yet uncalled for and unsubstantiated as proven throughout his all years at Chelsea.
Francesca o' Croatia
My bias? I would say the bias from the other end. There is nothing with me saying he isn't Chelsea quality and we can do better and I want better. Bias is when the other end try all they can to justify as to why I should think he is good enough. So take that emotional Mikel bias to someone who cares for it because I dont.
BlueMIA
See no where did I even say he is a bad player, how you can just throw the bias or bashing label around so easy is pure bias.
BlueMIA
Just the latest.. You said he is done and dusted. He apparently isn't.
Francesca o' Croatia
He isn't? He has been playing the same way for every season here. He is 27. Matic took his spot that Chelsea went through great measures to try and make it work with 1 month. He is evolved to the player he is. Or do you want to tell me after how many years? You still want to give time to develop?
BlueMIA
Matic took his spot, which Chelsea went through great measures to try and make it work for Mikel, in 1 month.***
BlueMIA
FYI. Done and dusted = done developing/evolving. Not = he can no longer play football.
BlueMIA
That's correct. But that also means that Mikel is first in line behind Matic. Not MVG or Romeu. Romeu apparently even behind MVG. Right?
Francesca o' Croatia
So let me ask you a question. Why would you get rid of the player that is currently nr.2 for the position instead of the players that are nr.3 and 4, for a player that will be nr.1 or 2 and is even younger than one of the nr.3 or nr.4 ? I'll not even go into what if take into consideration that there are two positions in the pivot. Obv., Matic is nr.0, so called auto-Matic.
Francesca o' Croatia
Woah woah woah. Who said he is number 2? You went on a long rant as if I agreed to that. He is by no means a number 2 to me.
BlueMIA
Matic > Romeu > Mikel for our DM in pivot. But our inability to offload Mikel has made us to loan Romeu. (all part of 17 international slots)
Blu_run
the mikel article/arguments are back!
Africanblue
MIA,_run - apparently he is nr.2. If he is(n't) to you makes no difference at all. You are insignificant. These are the facts since Romeu can't possibly be nr.2 as he is not at Chelsea right now. Geddit? He might be nr.2 or even nr.1 in your computer games and that's fine. We all love those, but that's not real life.
Francesca o' Croatia
Lol I am insignificant? You must think a little to highly of your self. You actually make no sense, you have not made a single point yet. And even with Romeu gone, who I would have preferred over Mikel, I still rather play Rami or MG than Mikel. Remember how Rami/Lamps pivot was our best pairing and anything with Mikel was the worst? Rami at one point was what was keeping our pivot alive he just had one bad season.
BlueMIA
I never said a word about Ramires. I think he is a great player and a fantastic asset to this club. But I think so about Mikel as well. And I still maintain that neither MVG or Romeu are fit to lace Mikel's shoes yet. Ok. Enough. We disagree. Fine. As for "insignificant", I didn't mean it like that and you know it, because if you don't you are taking things personally. I meant it in the Chelsea hierarchy, not overall, and with that it doesn't matter if you think Mikel is the worst or not, since those who are significant in this story obv. think he is not the worst, yet.
Francesca o' Croatia
Ok agree, let's just see what happens in the season and what Jose decides to do. Either way we both want CFC to succeed.
BlueMIA
 

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