“You can’t disrespect a human being like that” – John Obi Mikel slams former Chelsea boss for disrespecting him

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Chelsea legend John Obi Mikel has slammed former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte for disrespecting him during his time at the club.

According to Mikel, Conte punished him and made him train on his own for choosing to represent his country Nigeria in the 2016 Olympics.

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Mikel told the Athletic: “This guy who has just walked in the door for five minutes is telling me I had to choose.

“He was saying, ‘If you do that, you won’t be a part of this team’.

“I spoke to the club and told them that I wanted to go.

“The club respected me because of what I had done for them and how long I’d been there.

“So off I went and I felt punished for that. I came back and I didn’t make the squad. I was never in the squad list on match days again.”

Mikel and Conte clashed one more time just before he left Chelsea for Chinese club Tianjin TEDA in January 2017.

He added: “The funny thing is, just before the January window was going to start, he came up to me and said ‘I want a meeting with you’.

“This was after making me train on my own for months, treating a player who had been at Chelsea for a long time like this!

“When he tried to meet with me he was like, ‘Let’s try and make up, I will need you in the team, let’s squash this, blah, blah, blah!’.

“I was like, ‘Are you joking?! Are you f serious?!’ He knew I wanted out.

“I stood up and walked out of the room. You can’t disrespect a human being like that.”

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