Mikel hopes to cement Chelsea place
John Obi Mikel has revealed his determination to make the holding role at Chelsea his own ahead of Sunday's Premier League title showdown at Manchester United.
Mikel's return to the starting XI has coincided with the Blues remarkable end-of-season surge that has seen them close to within three points of United with just three games remaining. The 24-year-old has divided the critics since moving to Stamford Bridge almost six years ago, which followed a bitter wrangle with United for his services.
He appeared to come of age last season when Chelsea won the double for the first time in their history, but after starting this term in the side, found himself out of the team in the midst of the club's worst run in the league for almost 15 years.
His return has seen Chelsea win their last five league games and he was able to celebrate his 200th appearance for the club in Saturday's 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
He now looks certain to start again at Old Trafford this weekend and told his club's official website: "I had a good run from the start of the season until about January and then I wasn't playing so much.
"Now I have started playing again and I just want to keep playing as much as I can and help the team win games and trophies and this is my aim and this is why I am in this club. I just want to help this team win trophies, that is my aim and as long as I am playing and this team is winning games and trophies then I am happy."
Mikel produced arguably one of his best performances of the season on Saturday. "When you play teams like Tottenham, Arsenal or Manchester, these teams can hurt you in counter attack and this is one thing the manager and the defenders behind me asked me to do in this game," Mikel said.