Mikel Obi speaks on Abramovich asking him to return to Chelsea

Previous Nigeria captain, John Mikel Obi, has denied that Chelsea proprietor, Roman Abramovich, requested that he come back to the club and take up a coaching role.

There were speculations that Mikel Obi had been approached, to either work in the Blues’ Academy or as an assistant in the first team.

It was believed to be Abramovich’s award to a player who went through 11 years at Stamford Bridge.

But Mikel Obi, talking with AOIFootball, portrayed the rumours as “lies”.

He stated: “Truly, I don’t know where such stories are emanating from. I’m surprised at the news because no such discussion or meetings have taken place between me and the club’s hierarchy as regards any form of coaching job.

“Chelsea will forever be like home to me and if such contact were made I would gladly make it known but for now they are all lies and rumours.”

Mikel Obi is required to come back to action this end of the week for Trabzonspor subsequent to serving his suspension, following his red card against Caykur Rizespor.