Ahead of the World cup qualifier against Zambia on October 9, the Chelsea midfielder has claimed that the gift of
the Japanese surgeon, Katsuya Takasu was just mere form of appreciation for their feat at the Rio Olympics. The
National team skipper also talked tough ahead of the qualifiers which is starts with Zambia.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the game between the Super Eagles and Zambia, Mikel said: “There’s nothing
wrong in accepting cash gift (by Japanese doctor) at the Olympics, but people have their opinions.

“The cheque by the Japanese doctor at the Olympics is yet to clear, so we haven’t gotten the money yet.”

The 29-year-old also opened up on his speculated transfer away from Chelsea, he said: “I’ve not said I’ll leave in
January, I only said I’ll listen to offers, but I wait.”

On their game against Zambia, the Blues midfielder said: “Our target is to make the party to the World Cup in
Russia. We cannot afford to be complacent. That is why this first game against Zambia, just like all the other
matches mean so much to us (players),”

All invited 23 players are present in camp as they prepare to start their qualifying series on a bright note.