Chelsea and Nigeria’s midfielder John Obi Mikel has been revealed as a secret father to two children after short relationships with two women.
He has a four-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter, 234Forum sports has learned.
He reportedly bought a £500,000 (N180Million) house for his son and the boy’s mother in the English home counties and he is said to be keen to play a part in the boy’s life.
“John also agreed to give her tens of thousands a year in upkeep and to give her a new car every three to five years,” a source told the English newspaper, The Sun reported.
Mikel’s daughter was conceived after he met the mother at a London nightclub in 2013. He also financially supports his daughter.
“John has provided for her and the girl,” the source further told The Sun.
“She seems to have come into money since having the baby, and is keeping a low profile,” a friend of the girl’s mother added.
When contacted, a spokesman for Mikel Obi told The Sun that it was a private matter.
“John provides for and cares for his children, and will continue to do so. He asked that their privacy is respected,” he concluded.
Mikel Obi now joined the likes of Obafemi Martins who has also fathered children from different mothers.
Mikel is now dating a Russian businesswoman Olga Diyachenko, and has openly declared his love for the daughter of a Russian oligarch by posting pictures of the pair together on social media. He revealed in an interview in Nigeria last year:“I’ve been dating seriously for two years now. I’m in love. I’ve found love.”
Mikel, 28, was not selected for the upcoming AFCON 2017 tie with Tanzania due to communication issues with the head coach, Sunday Oliseh.
Yesterday, his club, Chelsea, suffered a home defeat to Crystal Palace in manager, Jose Mourinho’s 100th home league match with the club.