Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has said he advised his Nigerian team-mate Victor Moses not to leave the London team on loan for Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham in recent years.
Mikel says he advised Victor Moses to fight for his place at Chelsea and not leave on loan. The Super Eagles captain says Moses could have broken into Chelsea first team earlier if he had not gone on loan to Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham. Moses has appeared in all of the Blues’ first seven matches this term, while Mikel has not featured under his new coach Antonio Conte.
Although, Mikel admitted that Moses’s time away has readied him for success this season, the Super Eagles captain believes Moses could have forced his way into Chelsea team much sooner.
Mikel says Moses repeatedly declined his advice to fight at Chelsea.
Speaking in an interview with Goal.com, Mikel said Moses repeatedly declined his advice to remain at Chelsea. According to Mikel, Moses, who has appeared in all of the Blues’ first seven matches this term, now trains very hard and that is why he is getting playing times.
He said: “I always told him: ‘Where are you going?’ every time he goes away. “‘Where are you going? I mean, you always go out on loan, but why? Stay here and fight, you are a very good player, a young player. You are quick, you are strong, you are fast, you can dribble, where are you going? Why are you always running away from this football club? “Every time I talk to him, he says he wants to play football and I think he has found a manager who will give him time, who believes he has got a lot to offer the team. I think he is ready to take up that challenge as well. I think it is the right time for Vic to be here. “I think, if he was here another time, I don’t think he would have made it, but I think that this is the right time for him.”