Mikel, in a post on his twitter handle on Sunday afternoon rubbished the insinuation while insisting that he actually got the permission of his club to lead the Dream Team at the Olympic Games.
“Unfortunately, comments made by Gernot Rohr before yesterday’s 3-1 win over Algeria were both mistranslated and taken out of context by the Nigerian media, as English isn’t Mr Rohr’s or much of the Nigerian media’s first language.
“To be absolutely clear, Mr. Conte and Chelsea were always fully supportive of my captaincy of the Nigerian team at Rio.
“The manager gave me his full blessing to participate at the Olympics, and even encouraged me to bring back the gold medal.
“It goes without saying there is nothing but absolute respect between myself, the Nigerian national team and Chelsea Fc, something that was demostrated by Mr. Rohr’s recent visit to Cobham.
“My only focus now is on winning more silverware with Chelsea and getting Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup, two challenges I can’t wait to face in the coming months.”
Mikel has not been dressed by Chelsea in the Premier League so far this season as coach Antonio Conte prefers N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matić’s combination in the midfield.