Mikel plans to become Lampard's assistant at Chelsea

Naija Players Abroad By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 11/10/2019

Former Super Eagles skipper John Obi Mikel planned to become an assistant coach under Frank Lampard at Chelsea in the nearest future.

The 32-year-old 2013 Africa Cup Nations winner played alongside with current Blues manager for about ten years at Stamford Bridge where the won Champions League, Europa League, Premier League, FA Cup, Caraboa Cup, and Community Shield.

Lampard was appointed as Chelsea manager following the departure of Maurizio Sarri after an impressing season last term for the English Championship side Derby County

Mikel who is currently at the Turkish Super Lig side Trabzonspor told Sport Witness, where he shared his thoughts on what was happening at Stamford Bridge.

"I am very happy for Frank. When we were playing at Chelsea, we are expecting that John Terry and he would be very good managers, but we were expecting Terry to reach that level first. But Lampard made a big step.

"His arrival at Chelsea means the club are caring for their legends. I joked with him after the Chelsea move, I want to be his assistant when I retire. I hope he will be successful at Chelsea for many more years. I also want to see John Terry in similar jobs in the future because he was our leader on the pitch.”

Aside from Lampard, former players like Jody Moris who is assistant, technical advisor, Petr Cech, Ashley Cole and Eddie Newton are part of the backroom staffs at both junior and senior levels.

Chelsea are currently sitting on fifth spot on the Premier League table with four wins from eight matches but the Blues welcome Newcastle United to Stamford Bridge after international break.