John Obi Mikel may appear on the brink of a Chelsea exit, but he still has plenty to say about his teammates at Stamford Bridge.
Despite the Nigerian looking poised to move away during the January window, his love for the Blues hasn’t waned. In fact, love him or hate him, he isn’t going quietly.
This has been particularly apparent upon a recent playing of the ‘emoji game.' The defensive midfielder has revealed the ‘cool’, ‘funny’ and ‘strong one’ in west London by comparing colleagues to emojis.
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It appears the ‘emoji game’ is becoming oddly prevalent at Chelsea. After captain John Terry tackled the amusing format, Mikel has stepped up to the gauntlet and even refuted his title as the ‘sleepy one’.
The 29-year-old, shooting with Goal.com, was harsh straight off the bat. Mikel stated that Eden Hazard was definitely not ‘cool’ despite the winger apparently believing quite the contrary.
Instead, the Nigerian cited himself and Gary Cahill as the coolest squad members at Stamford Bridge. No awards for modesty there then.
There were no surprises for the strength award either with Diego Costa bagging that accolade. Mikel went onto say: “He’s a strong, strong guy.
“When you play against him in training I’ve gone 50-50 with him, body to body contact, and you can feel he’s quite a strong guy, so I think I’ll have to say Diego.”
If you thought Hazard was dealt with harshly, it was nothing compared to the treatment of Victor Moses. Among other things, Mikel’s compatriot was compared to the ‘pile of poo’ emoji.
While also attributing the screaming and sleepy emoji to Moses, he also, rather oddly, revealed: “Sometimes, you think he’s there, he’s not there, he’s gone.”
Another expected nominated proved David Luiz for the ‘funny’ emoji with Mikel explaining: “I can’t explain how funny he is. He’s beyond funny, he’s crazy. Everytime he is around, nobody is relaxed.
“He either jumps on you, or he hits you, or he does something crazy. He is always having banter with the physio, but he’s a lovely guy to have around.”
Then, finally, Cesc Fabregas picks up a comparison to the ‘kissing face’ emoji for, of all reasons, his apparent love of restaurants.
Despite this rather jovial video though, Mikel’s future at Stamford Bridge is becoming increasingly doubtful as the days pass.
The 29-year-old had been a first team regular during the second half of last season, but is yet to play a single second this term. It’s apparent that Antonio Conte isn’t a fan of the holding midfielder.
Therefore, this entertaining installment of the ‘emoji game’ may prove his last chance to talk about Chelsea players as his teammates.
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