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Mikel Obi plays down reports that he will return to Chelsea as a coach

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John Obi Mikel has played down reports that he is set to return to Chelsea in a coaching position after reports surfaced that he could join Frank Lampard’s backroom team.

The ex-Nigeria international is still playing for Trabzonspor in the Turkish Super League, having spent a brief stint with Middlesborough in the Championship.

Mikel has become a core part of Huseyin Cimcir’s side this season, and at 32, he doesn’t appear to be in the position to hang up his boots yet.

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That left him even more surprised by reports in the media that he had a been offered a job by Chelsea, a club he won nine trophies with and made 372 appearances for.

To be honest, I have no idea where this story came from”, Mikel told Sabah of the rumours.

“I was surprised when I saw the news because neither me nor my club had a meeting with Chelsea about becoming a coach.

“Chelsea is, of course, my home, but the reports aren’t true.”

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