John Obi Mikel still has future with Nigeria

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Nigeria’s national team coach has said there are no issues between himself and John Obi Mikel.

Despite having not played for Nigeria since November, head coach Stephen Keshi still sees him as a pivotal member of the team.

Keshi told BBC Sport: "He's an integral member of this team who brings a lot to it. Right now we are only giving opportunities to some new players.”

The midfielder has been limited to only 21 first team appearances this season at Stamford Bridge.

But this is partly due to the impressive Nemanja Matic playing so well in Chelsea’s title-winning side and also due to slight injury problems for the Nigerian.

Not injury-related

Stephen Keshi’s decision not to pick the 28-year-old is not fitness related though. After announcing the squad to face Chad for an African Cup of Nations qualifier, Keshi said:

“It's true that I couldn't reach him when he was injured but that's not the reason for his omission."

Hull striker, Sone Aluko hasn’t made the squad either, while Odion Ighalo, who scored 20 goals for Watford this year could be in line for his first competitive appearance for the Super Eagles.

Wants Cech to stay

John Obi Mikel has been quiet on his international future but has been very vocal about the future of club team mate, Petr Cech.

While celebrating Chelsea’s Premier League title on the open bus tour, the Nigerian midfielder sang: ‘Petr Cech, we want you to stay!’, according to The Evening Standard.

Goalkeeper Cech has been quiet on his future, as rumours circle regarding his future and whether or not he will move to Arsenal.

Has John Obi Mikel given us a strong hint that the Czech is moving across London?

Do you think Mikel will play for Nigeria again? And what are your thoughts on where Cech will be playing next season? Give us YOUR opinion in the comment box below! 

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