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Keshi denies reported rift with Mikel

06 June 2015, 15:03Soccer Laduma

Lagos - Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has refuted claims he's at loggerheads with Chelsea of England midfielder, John Obi Mikel.

The 'Big Boss' excluded the 28-year old from Nigeria's team for next weekend's 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad in Kaduna, and the Super Eagles gaffer says he has no problems with Mikel.

"I don't have any issues with him (Mikel)," Keshi told News24 Nigeria.

"He's still a part of us and he will come when we need him," Keshi said.

Also Read: Keshi drops 18 home-based players ahead Chad clash

It was reported that Keshi has had some misunderstanding with Mikel, with several reports quoting the 'Big Boss' as saying he tried to reach Mikel with the Chelsea man rebuffing his advances.

But Keshi tells News24 Nigeria why he has left the midfielder out.

"I just don't need Mik (Mikel) for this match," he explains.

"That is why we didn't bring him in but we will when we need him," he said.

- News24

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