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– 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
The 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.
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.
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 . 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.”
Moses has found himself third in the pecking order behind Eden Hazard and Willian in the newly shaped Antonio Conte’s team. He has proved his worth by netting twice already this season.
Mikel believes that Conte has drawn a previously unseen work ethic out of his fellow Nigerian and expects Moses to get even better over the campaign.
He said: “He looks to me a changed player, a player who wants to be here.
“He wants to work hard in training because before that has been the big problem with Victor – he doesn’t train well and then the managers don’t want to . him.
“I think Vic is a totally changed player. He trains well and you can see that. In the games, when he plays, he plays really well. Vic is going to have a very, very good season this season. So I wish him well.”
Meanwhile, Mikel recently reacted to John Terry’s banter that he is the sleepy one in Chelsea’s dressing room.
According to Mikel, another one of his country man should hold that title and it is Victor Moses.