By Oluwole Francis
Former Super Eagles skipper, Mikel Obi has been offered a coaching role at English Premier League side Chelsea according to his Nigerian representative Babawo Mohammed.
Mikel is presently playing for Turkish side Trabzonspor who are battling for the league title but his future outside the pitch appears to have been settled following the offer of a chance to join the coaching set up at his former club Chelsea.
Owner of Chelsea Roman Abramovich told the 33 year old that he will get a chance to start his managerial career at the club once he quits his playing career as reward for his ten and half years service to the club.
” For now Mikel is pushing to win the league with Trabzonspor but in the future he will return to Chelsea as a coach maybe with the youth team or as one of the assistants of the first team. That promise was made to him by Abramovich”, Babawo said.
” At the end of his career he will do his coaching badge and join Chelsea. It’s a reward for his ten and half year stay at the club”.
At the moment all of the backroom staff of head coach of Chelsea Frank Lampard are all former players of the club and even the youth teams of Chelsea is also coached by ex players of the team.
Mikel’s teammate Petr Cech is a director at the club and the club failed in their bid to lure the duo of Didier Drogba and Claude Makalele to join Lampard when he was appointed coach in the summer.