Super Eagles midfielder John Mikel Obi is set to move to Galatasaray from Chelsea. Mikel told Sabah, a daily Turkish newspaper that the Turkey football club made an offer that he’s very pleased with and is looking forward to life in Istanbul.

‘I asked Drogba for advice and he told me that Istanbul is a fantastic city, that Galatasaray is a huge club and that I have to make the move. I have played at Chelsea for a long time and it’s now time for me to leave.

‘I’m still only 26 and it’s great to receive an offer from a club (Galatasaray) playing Champions League football and doing well in the competition.’

Talks have reached an advanced level between Chelsea and Galatasaray. Chelsea won’t make the move difficult and regarding my salary there won’t be a problem. All that is left is for the clubs to reach an agreement.’

Mikel leaving Chelsea for Galatasaray is not a good idea, is it?

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Jose Mourinho ‘targets Champions League glory at Chelsea’

Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho from Portugal speaks during a news conference in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Real Madrid will play Galatasaray Wednesday in a quarterfinal first leg Champions League soccer match.Former Chelsea midfielder Alexei Smertin says Jose Mourinho has returned to Stamford Bridge to win the Champions League which eluded him during his first spell in charge of the Blues. Mourinho led Chelsea to the Premier League title twice from 2004-07 as well as two League Cups and one FA Cup. The 50-year-old, who won the Champions League with…

Chelsea deserved win

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has claimed that his side deserved to beat Manchester United after they earned a 2-2

draw in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

The Blues fought back from 2-0 down at Old Trafford as goals from substitute Eden Hazard and Ramires secured a replay at Stamford Bridge.

When asked if his side were worthy of the victory, Benitez told ITV Sport: “I think so. Especially in the second half we were

on top of them, created the best chances and were controlling the game.”

The winner of the replay between Chelsea and United will meet Manchester City in the semi-finals.

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Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United; We were Lucky.

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted Manchester United are lucky to still be in the FA Cup.

United swept into an early two-goal lead against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge today, only to crumble after the interval.

Eden Hazard and Ramires pulled the visitors level and only a crucial late save from David de Gea kept United in the competition, even if they now face a trip to Stamford Bridge if they are to book a semi-final meeting with Manchester City at Wembley next month.

‘We are lucky to still be in the FA Cup,’ said Ferguson.

‘We ran out of legs. Our two full-backs, Rafael and Patrice Evra, were knackered and the two centre midfield players tired badly and we kept giving the ball away.

‘I detected there were some signs of tiredness. You have to understand the problem is the emotion and intensity of Tuesday night had taken its toll on one or two of the players.

‘Understandably I have no problems with that part but it made it a long day for us and they were by far the better team in the second half.’

Typically given how much the focus had been on him, Wayne Rooney followed Javier Hernandez’s early effort by curling home a free-kick which Petr Cech had expected to be cleared.

At that point United seemed to be cruising.

But a couple of missed opportunities gave the visitors’ hope and Chelsea looked more likely winners at the end.

‘We could have been four up in the first 25 minutes,’ said Ferguson.

‘Wayne and Javier’s goalscoring has been great this season.

‘We needed that because by the end of the first half I detected our legs were starting to go.

‘It was a very good save by David de Gea near the end. If they had scored then we were out there would have been no doubt about that.’

No date has been set for the replay, although should Chelsea progress in the Europa League this week, it will inevitably mean the Londoners either facing four games in an eight or nine day period, or the postponement of Premier League games, one of which could be the Manchester derby.

The Football Association are expected to offer an update tomorrow, although Ferguson will be more concerned about Nani, who limped off with a hamstring injury just before the break.

‘I don’t think it is serious but he had to come off,’ said Ferguson.

‘It was unfortunate because he was playing well.’

United defender Rio Ferdinand admitted the team had been punished for being careless.

Ferdinand told MUTV: ‘We gave them the impetus to claw their way back into the game. We played some great football at times but were so careless at times. If you are careless you are going to get punished. That was the case.

‘There wasn’t a mental reaction to Tuesday but maybe physically you could see it in a few of the guys’ legs, and as the game stretched and became a bit more open there were some tired legs out there.

‘But that is no excuse. We should have had the game sewn up before then and with the experience out on the pitch we didn’t utilise it the way we should have.

‘But we are still in the cup. Wembley is waiting for one of us to go through and hopefully it is us.

‘We go to Stamford Bridge for the replay with confidence. We have the tools. We have been there before this season and done well, and with the squad we have we don’t fear going anywhere.

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NIGERIA’S FINAL LIST OF 23 PLAYERS FOR SOUTH AFRICA 2013

nffGoalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheba, Israel); Chigozie Agbim
(Enugu Rangers, Nigeria)

… Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (SC Braga, Portugal); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce, Turkey); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag, Netherlands); Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria)

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis, Spain); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Obiora Nwankwo (Calcio Padova, Italy); Fegor Ogude (Valerenga FC, Norway); Reuben Gabriel (Kano Pillars, Nigeria);

Forwards: Ahmed Musa ( CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emmanuel Emenike (Spartak Moscow, Russia); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria); Ikechukwu Uche (Villarreal FC, Spain); Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine); Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria)

Good luck to the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Wish them all the best