John Mikel Obi has said he is happy with his role in the Chelsea squad, after interim boss Guus Hiddink, gave him a regular spot in the team.
The Super Eagles midfielder, was speaking in the March edition of the Chelsea magazine titled ‘Elegant Enforcer’, where he revealed how he has developed over the years during his decade at the club.
“I love doing my defensive duties, but at the same time, I love having the ball and always trying to be available so we can play out from the back,” he said.
“This is something we’ve talked about, something the manager has stressed – trying to play out from the back so we can always be in control of the game. I think doing this we have much more possession of the ball.
“I like having the ball and making the team play. When I was young, my natural position wasn’t as a defensive midfielder, so maybe that gives me a bit of an edge.”
Mikel Obi, who is on international duty with Nigeria, admitted that he was dazed the first time he walked into the Blues dressing room.
“I came into the dressing room that day literally shaking,” Mikel recalls.
“I saw the players that were in there – the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Claude Makelele, Geremi, Michael Essien, Michael Ballack, Andriy Shevchenko – it was crazy. And I was just 19.
“I was shaking the whole day because I couldn’t talk to any of them. I didn’t know what to say to guys like that. They were really nice guys, but it was scary. It can be tough coming into a dressing room like that as a younger player. You had to earn the right to be among them.”