Former Chelsea star Mikel had the least likely bodyguard at Man United

John Obi Mikel famously chose Chelsea over Manchester United back in 2006.

The Nigerian midfielder had been playing for Lyn in Norway before one of the most peculiar transfer sagas in the Premier League’s history.

United liked the look of the teenager, and even announced the signing of Mikel in April 2005 before Chelsea barged their way in, claiming they already had a deal in place with the midfielder, who was eventually persuaded to sign for the Blues.

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Manchester United thought they had signed John Obi Mikel 

After a lengthy tug-of-war, Chelsea announced that they’d completed the £16million signing of Mikel in June 2006.

Sir Alex Ferguson was a massive fan of Mikel’s and had even invited the youngster to train at Carrington with the first team back in 2003.

“I trained with the first team. Roy Keane was my bodyguard,” Mikel told the Sun.

“Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt always tried to kick me but couldn’t when Roy was there because he’d have killed them.

Manchester United football shirts“Sir Alex called me Obi Wan [after the Star Wars character].

“He called me into his office one day and said: ‘Obi Wan, do you know what Keane, Scholes and all the senior players have told me? They said you have to sign that boy’.

“I couldn’t believe it. Here was I, a school kid from Africa, training with some of the best in the world.”

Mikel became something of a folk hero at Stamford Bridge, making 374 appearances for Chelsea and winning a host of silverware, including two Premier League titles and the Champions League.

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