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'Coming into the dressing room I was shaking: John Obi Mikel's first memories of being at Chelsea

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By 2pac_1126 | self meida writer
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Coming into a big club like Chelsea, as a young 18-year-old from Africa, it was a dream come true,” John Obi Mikel told Chelsea’s magazine in 2016.

“I remember coming into the dressing room and I was shaking all through the first week. The players in there really helped me settle in – John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and the other African players that were there at the time.

“I looked at these guys every day and I learned a lot from them, how they act on and off the football pitch, which helped me develop and mature as a person.

“It was a growing up stage which I never had with any other team. I just jumped straight into this team so I had to learn that way.”

Mikel signed for Chelsea in a controversial manner from Norwegian side Lyn in 2006.

After settling into the club, the midfielder soon became a staple of the side, ending his Blues career with 372 appearances, 2 Premier League titles and a Champions League medal.

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