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Rio Olympics: I Won’t Return to Chelsea Without Olympic Gold – Mikel

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Chelsea player and Nigeria’s Olympics team captain, John Obi Mikel he does not want to return to Chelsea, his club, without an Olympic Games gold medal.

Mikel, one of the three overage players vowed to delay his return to his English Premier League side after helping Nigeria to reach men’s football semi-final against Germany in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.

He added that he was determined to have the Games gold to declare in his luggage. “I hope to go back to Chelsea as the Olympic champion.

That is my aim,’’ vowed the 29-year-old Obi, who scored the opener in the 2-0 quarterfinal win over Denmark in Salvador on Aug. 13.

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“I came out here to do my best to help the team with the gold medal. That has always been my objective. It’s my aim and the players all want the same. When you have a group of players all wanting to achieve the same thing, hopefully it will go well at the end.

“Hopefully, the semi-final will go well on Wednesday and then we will be in the final and win the gold medal.’’

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