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Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi has fanned the embers of ‘war’ aimed at Manchester United’s prodigal son Paul Pogba who makes a return to the Premier League.

Pogba moved to the club that once let him go to Juventus in a record 89 million pounds deal and is set to make his bow in a second home coming on Friday night against Southampton.

Mikel who is on international duty with Nigeria who he has led to Saturday’s third place final of the football of
the Rio Olympics-when they play Honduras spoke to Newsweek about the anticipated rivalry with the France
international.

“Great talent, lovely guy on and off the pitch…I’m happy that he’s back in the Premier League,” says Mikel, 29.
“(But) I don’t want him to play well for United,obviously because I don’t want them to win the league, I want us to
win the league!”

Mikel also spoke about the arrival of manager Antonio Conte at Chelsea and what the former Italy coach brings to
Stamford Bridge.

“[Conte] wants 110 percent every single training [session], he works really, really hard. I think this season, we
will be fit, that’s for sure.

“He’s come in and brought a different style that he wants the team to play.”

“I always want to be there to support the team and make sure I fight for every point for the team.

“It’s the first time I haven’t been with [Chelsea] from the start of the season, but I know that the guys are fit
with the training we went through in pre-season.”

Mikel then stressed that he had a good working relationship with former Blues manager Jose Mourinho who seldom
played him last season before he was sacked in December 2015.

“He’s a great coach, an amazing human being…I just think things didn’t work out for him in his latest days in his
career at Chelsea,” Mikel remarked.

“I have a very good relationship with him, so I will never come out and say things that are not true about him.”