Mikel Obi turned down the dream pay for most footballers when he rejected a £170,000 per-week offer from China in order to play for Marseille.
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The Chelsea midfielder is said to have sought the advice of former teammate Didier Drogba about Marseille and his learnings have shaped his decision. Note that Drogba remains a fan favorite at Marseille where he played between 2003 and 2004.
Mikel Obi will be leaving Chelsea in the January transfer window after being frozen out of the team by manager Antonio Conte.
Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG managed by his former boss, André Villas-Boas offered Mikel Obi £170,000 which is approximately N82m going by the current exchange rate.
This offer from the Chinese club is £100,000 more than his current wage at Chelsea but the midfielder rejected the deal as he wants to remain in Europe.
The report also states that the midfielder wants to remain in Europe because of his young family, residing in London. His partner Olga Diyachenko and their twin daughters, Ava and Mia are the most important people in his life at the moment and he doesn’t want to be far from them.
Mikel prefers a move to France to play for Marseille who are ready to pay him his current wage at Chelsea, so money was not the reason for this choice.
According to the UK Standard, the Nigeria international wants to play in a competitive league and add to his medal collection rather than moving to China for the money and play in a weaker league.
We wish him all the very best in this decision!