Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel explained why he would not blame Jose Mourinho for changing his position.
The Portuguese manager converted the Nigerian midfielder to a defensive midfielder, despite shining as a central midfielder at the 2005 FIFA U20 World Cup in Holland.
Speaking with The Athletic, Mikel confirmed that Mourinho changed his position, but stated that he did not ruin his career because he played the number 10 position for the national team.
“Mourinho was the one who changed things, but I wouldn’t say he ruined my career or whatever! I still played as a No 10 for the national side. Mourinho is a manager I will always look up to.
Mikel continued by describing the Tottenham manager as the most difficult manager he played for during his playing days. He disclosed that he made the sort of player he is today.
“Of all the managers I had, he was the toughest. I knew that if I could survive him, I could survive pretty much anyone! He made me who I am today. I will always be thankful to him.”