John Obi Mikel is determined to put the disappointment of Nigeria's failure to qualify for this year's African Cup of Nations behind him, and help turn Chelsea's season into a trophy-winning one.
The 24-year-old midfielder has endured a difficult time away from the football field of late, following the kidnapping of his father, but is remaining upbeat as he sets his sights on further Stamford Bridge success.
"I feel more relaxed on the pitch as well as off it now all that is over," confirmed Mikel. "It was a very difficult time, but now I just want to get on with the game and keep doing what I do.
"Yes it is bad that we [Nigeria] did not qualify and I'm very disappointed not to be playing in January, but we have to move on.
"Maybe my manager [Villas-Boas] will be happy, I don't know, but in a way it will make my season easier with Chelsea because it does make it difficult when you go away.
"You feel like you have to start all over again when you come back to the club because the guys who have been there have been playing and are settled and you just can't come and expect to take their place just like that. You have to adapt to the different pace again and the different environment after being away in Africa."
Reflecting on Chelsea's start to the 2011-12 campaign, Mikel has been impressed with the impact made by Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas, and says that the feel-good factor currently circulating around west London should bode well for the future.
"It has started very well under the new manager and we just have to keep going," he continued. "We all want to win and he has his ideas and I think they are the same as our ideas as players.
"Hopefully we will turn that into trophies this season. I think we can."
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