|John Obi Mikel won a bronze medal with Nigeria at this summer’s Olympics (Getty Images)|
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel insists that he would not swap his Olympic bronze medal for a place in Antonio Conte’s side. The 29-year-old is yet to feature for the Blues this season after failing to impress the Italian, who arrived at Stamford Bridge this summer.
Mikel, who was part of the Nigeria side which finished third in men’s football in Rio, is expected to leave Chelsea this summer when his contract expires. And the midfielder admits his decision to represent his country this summer may have had a damaging impact on his relationship with Conte.
|Mikel has been at Chelsea since 2006 (Picture: Getty Images)|
‘Yes, maybe people will say the new manager was upset I left and went to the Olympics, that I didn’t have a pre-season with the team,’ Mikel told The Sun. ‘But, no, I would never swap my Olympic medal for a place back in the Chelsea team.
‘One thing you have to do in life as a man is that when you make a decision, or a sacrifice, you have to deal with it. ‘You have to stand by your decision. You have to live with it.
“I have not one single regret in going to the Olympics. And I will not trade my medal for anything. ‘It’s what I deserve. I worked hard for it, so why would I trade it for something else — a place in the Chelsea squad?’