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Antonio Conte slammed for treatment of Chelsea star


Nigerian boss unhappy about John Obi Mikel situation

Nigeria’s national team coach feels like John Obi Mikel is being ‘punished’ by Antonio Conte.

The 29-year old has made zero appearances under the Italian at Chelsea since he arrived in the summer, and is now expected to leave in January.

He’s in his 11th season at Chelsea, and is the club’s 2nd longest serving player behind John Terry.

Yet, he has still be exiled from the matchday squads.

Rohr is certain that Mikel’s lack of action is not due to his ability but, instead, due to the fact he represented his country at the summer Olympics.

‘Mikel was punished by Chelsea for playing at the Olympics for Nigeria,’ he said ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Algeria.

‘The new coach tried convincing him to stay but he went to defend his nation.

‘I cannot punish him for not playing in his club.’


By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10


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