June 1, 2018

Mikel: Chelsea In Safe Hands  (Sky Sports)

John Obi MikelJohn Obi Mikel has assured Chelsea fans the club is in safe hands under the ownership of Roman Abramovich.

The former Chelsea midfielder is preparing to face England with Nigeria in a World Cup warm-up match at Wembley on Saturday.

Mikel has still been taking notice of what has been going on at his old club this week after Thursday's announcement to shelve redevelopment plans for Stamford Bridge.

He said: "This club always bounces back, we always bounce back. I am sure Roman (Abramovich) knows exactly what to do. Roman and Marina (Granovskaia), I am sure they know exactly what they are doing.

"I don't think the fans should be concerned at all about what is going on. I think it will sort itself out. The club is in very safe hands, the fans should not worry at all."

Mikel, who now plays for Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA, has fond memories of Wembley after winning the FA Cup three times there with Chelsea.

The 31-year-old, who will captain Nigeria against England, added: "It's so nice to come back to Wembley. I have played at here many times in so many finals and have managed to have great success here and win pretty much all of the finals I have played. So let's hope tomorrow it can repeat itself."

Nigeria take on England before meeting Czech Republic in their second World Cup warm-up match in Austria.

Their opening game in Russia is against Croatia in Group D on June 16.

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