‘Sir Alex Ferguson thought he’d signed me – however I joined Man Utd accidentally’
In 2005, the Nigerian lit the fuse on one of probably the most spectacular switch disputes in Premier League historical past, when he signed for Sir Alex Ferguson’s aspect and even posed for footage in a United shirt. However, he then went on to hitch Chelsea days later for £18million, in a deal which noticed the Red Devils obtain £14m and Norwegian aspect Lyn paid £4m.
As the confusion between United and Chelsea continued to escalate, Mikel had numerous explaining to do.
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“Sir Alex thought he got me, yeah. I did the press conference and it was everywhere,” Mikel said to talkSPORT. “Then obviously Roman [Abramovich], everybody at Chelsea, saw it and they were like, ‘What’s going on here? We’ve been looking at this player for two or three years now, what’s happening here?’
“Obviously they despatched my agent right down to Lyn after which he got here right down to Norway, after which for a few hours I went lacking. He took me out from my house the place I used to reside with a few my buddies.
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“He was like, ‘we need to go back to London, I need to get you out of Norway right now because what you’ve done right now, it’s so much of a problem with Chelsea and Roman is not happy.’
“So my agent took me to a hotel and then the next morning we flew down to London, and the rest was history. Then it took me about a year, I couldn’t play for either United or Chelsea because FIFA was like, ‘OK we need to resolve this.’ So I went to FIFA and I was like, ‘I didn’t mean to sign for United’.”
Mikel went on to make 372 appearances for the Blues, contributing six objectives and 13 assists.
Throughout this era, he performed an enormous half in successful the Champions League, two Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, the Europa League and two League Cups.