John Obi Mikel has rubbished speculation he was close to quitting Chelsea for Galatasaray over the summer.
Reports during the transfer window, emanating from his native Nigeria, said the midfielder was on the verge of a move to Turkey where he would link up with former Blues team-mate Didier Drogba.
But no switch materialised and the 26-year-old today insisted he knew nothing of any prospective move and explained his lack of game time at the start of the season.
‘I don’t know anything about that,’ he said. ‘That’s what you get in transfer windows: speculation, speculation.
Mikel, who scored his first Premier League goal earlier this season in a 2-0 win over Fulham, has struggled to hold down a place in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI this term, with the Portuguese often preferring a pairing of Frank Lampard and Ramires in front of the defence.
But returning to the side against West Ham on Saturday, Mikel’s presence enabled Lampard to play a more advanced role as the England international netted twice.
‘The way we played on Saturday was exactly the way the manager wants us to play,’ Mikel added.
‘You could say the real Chelsea is back. We’re playing with lots of confidence. The manager is giving lots of confidence to the team.