The ex-Nigerian international signed for the Sir Alex Ferguson’s side from Lyn in 2006 as an 18 year old but in a dramatic change of mind, he ended up joining the Blues.
Mikel insists he doesn’t regret ditching Manchester United for Chelsea after he went on to win 11 trophies with the Blues.
John Obi Mikel also revealed the prospect of playing under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea made him ditch Manchester United.
“I was 18 years old and I just wanted to play football,” Mikel told Naija FM in a recent interview.
“I had already signed for Manchester United, but then I decided that I wanted to go to Chelsea because of Mourinho, and Roman Abramovich.
“Chelsea looked like a more exciting place to be, but I’m happy because it was one of the best decisions of my life.
“I enjoyed my time there, I stayed there for a very long time, I won everything. In the end, I won everything.”
John Obi Mikel has previously revealed that his former club Lyn pressured him into signing for Manchester United instead of Chelsea back in 2006.
Speaking to the Athletic, Mikel said: “They were speaking to me every day saying, ‘Sign for United, sign for United’, and there was the contract in front of me.
“But Chelsea made it clear they weren’t going to give up. They wanted me back.”
Mikel continued: “I had been sent by Chelsea to play there because I was not 18.
“I was from Africa and needed to play a certain amount of games (to get a permit).
“They sent me there to play, to be at a school and study so I could join at 18 when my age was right. Nothing could be signed while I was still 17.”
Sorry John Obi Mikel, we are happy you didn’t join Manchester United.