John Obi Mikel has officially changed his name

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It turns out everyone’s been calling John Obi Mikel by an incorrect name all these years.

The Chelsea star has now officially changed his name and people are very confused - because it sounds remarkably similar to what we already know him as. In fact, it’s the same.

According to the Mirror, the midfielder has changed his name to ‘Mikel John Obi’. Confused? Scroll down and all will make sense.


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It turns out the Nigeria international was never actually called ‘Mikel’.

He was born John Michael Nchekwube Obinna. ‘Mikel’ was written down by the Nigerian FA on the submission form for the 2003 FIFA Under-17 World Championships and the name stuck.

‘Mikel’ apparently liked the mistake and subsequently didn’t pull anyone up over it when he arrived in England, back in 2006.

Now, though, the 29-year-old has officially changed his name to ‘Mikel John Obi’.

Mikel wants to stay at Chelsea

The holding midfielder is now hoping to impress his new manager, Antonio Conte, in order to secure a contract extension with the Blues.

"I want to help the team fight for every point, every win and to win trophies,” Mikel told Sky Sports. “I also want to help the team qualify for the Champions League again as soon as possible.

"For 10 years I have been going to the same training ground, the same locker room. It is an amazing club, with an amazing owner. They are like a family to me. It is a place that has become a part of me.

"I have a year left and then we will see what happens. If I play well this season, it will help me earn a new contract.

"I will give 120 per cent every time I'm on the pitch or come off the bench. I will always give my best."

But he might struggle for appearances this season

Mikel made 25 appearances for Chelsea last season but may find first-team appearances harder to come by this term with Ruben Loftus-Cheek improving all the time.

The 20-year-old Englishman offers more of a goal threat than his teammate - Mikel has scored one Premier League goal in 10 seasons for Chelsea - and Conte will be acutely aware that the youngster needs minutes in order to help fulfil his immense potential.

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