29-year-old Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has failed to play a single minute of football for Chelsea this season after being frozen out by Chelsea coach Antonio Conte.
The Nigerian international who scored for Nigeria on Saturday revealed that even though playing in the Olympics might have affected his chances for playing for Chelsea, he doesn’t regret going for the Olympics.
“I have never been a guy who makes excuses in life and never shy away from responsibilities,” Mikel told The Sun.
“Yes, maybe people will say the new manager was upset I left and went to the Olympics; that I didn’t have a preseason with the team.
“He probably thinks I don’t care about the team, things like that.
“But I don’t want to use those excuses. I have to keep training hard and make sure I change the manager’s mind. If not, then we’ll see what happens in January.
“But, no, I would never swap my Olympic medal for a place back in the Chelsea team.”