Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi says he hopes that the Bronze medal won by Nigeria at Rio 2016 doesnâ€™t make his Chelsea teammates jealous seeing that none of them won anything at the Olympics.
â€œWhen I woke up in my hotel room on Sunday morning, I opened my eyes to see my Olympic bronze medal lying there beside me.â€™ he said speaking to UK Standard. â€˜It just hammered home to me what I had achieved with the rest of my Nigeria team-mates the day before.â€™
â€˜We beat Honduras 3-2 to get the bronze and secure Nigeriaâ€™s first Olympics medal in any sport since 2008.
â€˜All of us went into the game knowing this and it put extra pressure on the squad to perform.
â€˜This experience has given me the hunger to do it again at the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. I will be only 33 then and my game will still be at a high level.â€™
â€˜I enjoyed every minute of being in Brazil and I have been talking to the other guys about playing in another Olympics. Iâ€™m already looking forward to it and the countdown is on!
â€˜I might take the medal to the Chelsea training ground to show to the other players â€“ I hope I donâ€™t make them jealous though!
Itâ€™s also provided me with a nice lift as I return to Chelsea. I will go back to see the manager [Antonio Conte] and see what his plans are for me.â€™
â€˜I want to get back into training and prove myself. I want to play and help the team to win games.â€™
â€˜I know it will be difficult because I have missed most of pre-season and the coach has a new way of playing.
But it is a positive thing for me that I have been playing well out here in Brazil and Iâ€™m in good shape.â€™
I will need a few days off first because this tournament has been so draining. I arrive back in London on Wednesday morning and the game against Burnley on Saturday will come too early to feature in.â€™
â€˜The plan is to have a little break, which is why the timing couldnâ€™t be better as the season stops for two weeks for international fixtures after the Burnley game anyway.â€™
â€˜It will give me plenty of time to enjoy my bronze medal and reflect on what has been a magical few weeks in my football career.â€™