Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel plans to prove what an integral part of the Blues line-up he is in Sunday's title-showdown with Manchester United.
The 24-year-old Nigerian international has endured an up-and-down season for Chelsea, spending part of the campaign as a casualty to the fine form of summer signing Ramires.
But having been recalled to the squad by Carlo Ancelotti in recent weeks, Mikel has been pivotal in the Blues' recent run of form, which has seen them close the gap on the Barclays Premier League leaders to just three points.
"I had a good run from the start of the season until about January and then I wasn't playing so much," he said.
"Now I have started playing again and I just want to keep playing as much as I can and help the team win games and trophies. This is my aim and this is why I am at this club."
Having reaffirmed his place in the Chelsea midfield, Mikel is looking forward to the weekend trip to Old Trafford, but warned his teammates of the threat Manchester United possess and how he plans to counteract that.
"When you play teams like Tottenham, Arsenal or Manchester United, these teams can hurt you in counter-attack.
"This is one thing the manager and the defenders behind me have asked me to do in this game.
"I just want to help this team win trophies, that is my aim and as long as I am playing and this team is winning games and trophies then I am happy."
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