John Obi Mikel has revealed that he told Victor Moses not to leave Chelsea on loan for Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham in recent years – but confessed that the striker’s time away has readied him for success this season.
Moses repeatedly declined his team-mate’s advice to find a string of temporary moves away from Stamford Bridge but is now finally having his breakthrough campaign under new manager Antonio Conte, despite having joined the club over four years ago.
The 25-year-old winger has appeared in all of the Blues’ first seven matches this term, but Mikel believes that he could have forced his way into the team much sooner.
“I always told him: ‘Where are you going?’ every time he goes away,” Mikel told Goal. “‘Where are you going? I mean, you always go out on loan, but why? Stay here and fight, you are a very good player, a young player. You are quick, you are strong, you are fast, you can dribble, where are you going? Why are you always running away from this football club?’
“Every time I talk to him, he says he wants to play football and I think he has found a manager who will give him time, who believes he has got a lot to offer the team. I think he is ready to take up that challenge as well. I think it is the right time for Vic to be here.
“I think, if he was here another time, I don’t think he would have made it, but I think that this is the right time for him.”

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