By Monsurah Olatunji
Former captain of the senior national team of Nigeria John Obi Mikel has been offered a coaching role at English Premier League side Chelsea, according to his Nigerian representative Babawo Mohammed.
Mikel is presently playing for Turkish side Trabzonspor who are in the race for the league diadem but his future outside the pitch appears to have been settled before time following the offer of a chance to join the coaching set up at his former club Chelsea.
Owner of Chelsea Roman Abramovich told the 33-year old that he will get a chance to start his managerial career at the club once he calls it a quit with football as a reward for his ten and half years service to the club.
“For now, Mikel is pushing to win the league with Trabzonspor but in the future, he will return to Chelsea as a coach maybe with the youth team or as one of the assistants of the first team. That promise was made to him by Abramovich,” Babawo told media.
He continued: “At the end of his career, he will do his coaching badge and join Chelsea. It’s a reward for his ten and a half year stay at the club. A lot of former Chelsea players are part of the team now based on same thing that will bring Mikel back after his career.”
At the moment, all of the backroom staff of the head coach of Chelsea Frank Lampard are all former players of the club and even the youth teams of Chelsea are also coached by ex-players of the team.
The club already appointed Mikel’s teammate Petr Cech as a director but failed in their bid to lure the duo of Didier Drogba and Claude Makelele to join Lampard when he was appointed coach in the summer.
Mikel as won many trophies during his 10 and half years stay at Chelsea including two Premier League titles, three FA Cups, one Football League Cup, one FA Community Shield, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Europa League and also won the African Cup of Nations in 2013.