Going to Rio Olympics, a risk -Mikel

SUPER Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, has said his decision to play for Nigeria at Rio 2016 Olympics is a risk that is worth taking.
He stated that he has explained to Chelsea new manager, Antonio Conte, on why he took the decision to opt out of the remaining part of the pre-season activities for the sake of his fatherland.
“I explained to the club why I wanted to go [to the Olympics] and I thank them for their understanding,” Mikel who is also the official Team Nigeria captain to Rio 2016 told The Evening Standard.
“The coach also gave me his blessing. He told me to make sure I do well and bring back the gold medal!
“Obviously, it is hard to be away because I want to impress the new coach. It’s a risk I have taken but I stand by that.
“Chelsea are like a family to me. It is a place that has become a part of me,” he said.
Mikel, further stated that he will see out his contract with The Blues which runs out next year.
“I have a year left and then we will see what happens. If I play well this season, it will help me earn a new contract.
“If Chelsea want to talk, we’ll talk. If I have to move on there will be plenty of clubs out there where I can continue.
“It will be but these things happen. You have to move on one day. My happy memories of Chelsea will never go away,” the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) winner said.