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Obi, who helped Nigeria win bronze in the 2016 Olympics, has insisted that he is “quite relaxed” about his future and could sign a pre-contract with another club in the January transfer window

In 2005, he was in the U20 squad coached by Samson Siasia and which won the Africa U-20 Championship in Benin Republic, before reaching the final of the FIFA U20 World Cup in The Netherlands few months later

Popoola, who was at the office of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, with the President of the NOC, Engr. Habu Gumel, for a meeting with Dalung, stated categorically that at no time did the Nigeria Olympic Committee deny or reject Mikel Obi as Captain of Team Nigeria

Both Nigerians and other players had their first taste of Conte’s leadership methods on Wednesday after being confirmed as head coach back in April.
The 46-year-old wasted no time in getting changed into his new tracksuit and was waiting on the training pitch as his players trotted out for duty

The Chelsea midfielder, who has been at Stamford Bridge now for 10 years, is 29 and so is older than the maximum age in the football at the Olympics, though he could be used as one of their three allocated overage players

“From day one, since Guus has come in, the atmosphere has changed,” the 29-year-old Mikel said. “The players feel more relaxed, people know what their jobs are and people are getting on with their jobs in a more relaxed way. And a way they can perform very well

Former Netherlands boss Hiddink was in the stands to watch Chelsea’s 3-1 victory over Sunderland last weekend and Mikel is pleased to be reunited with the 69-year-old after his previous tenure in 2009

Checks revealed that Mikel made his national team debut on August 17, 2005 as a substitute against Libya, while Musa came into the fold five years later when he was invited by Swedish gaffer, Lars Largerback, ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa but failed to make the final squad for the mundial

England-based midfielder, John Mikel Obi, led goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, defenders Elderson Echiejile, Efe Ambrose, William Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun, midfielders Sylvester Igbonu, Rabiu Ibrahim, Ogenyi Onazi and Obiora Nwankwo and forwards Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon, Emmanuel Emenike and Alex Iwobi at training on Monday evening

The 28-year-old has just two years left on his current contract, and Italian media outlet, Tuttomercatoweb, claims that Real Madrid have emerged as surprise frontrunners for his signature

Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel has pleaded with out of contract Super Eagles’ handler, Stephen Keshi to recall Villarreal of Spain midfielder Ikechukwu Uche and Sunday Mba into the national team fold.