Salomon Kalou tips John Obi Mikel to make Chelsea breakthrough

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Salomon Kalou believes that  former team-mate John Obi Mikel can make an emphatic return to the Chelsea first-team if he just stays patient, as Yaya Toure has done at Manchester City.

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Toure was dropped by City after his agent fell out with their new boss, Pep Guardiola, but eventually worked his way back into the first-team and scored twice on his return last week against Crystal Palace.

Mikel has similarly not played for Chelsea under new boss Conte – the Italian hasn’t been able to find the Nigeria captain a place in his side after he left his club’s pre-season tour to win a medal at this year’s Olympic Games. Kalou, though, believes that Mikel needs to remain calm and he will get his chance or, failing that, a move to another club.

“He is my dear friend. He has to wait and be patient, that is football,” Kalou told Goal. “Patience is the key for him right now.  What I learned in this game is that nothing is guaranteed in football, you can find a move fast, or find yourself back in the team.

“Like Yaya, he played after not playing for several months and came back and scored two goals. Everything can change from today or tomorrow. Just wait for your moment. I said to Yaya [when he was on the bench]: ‘at the end of the day, you have to wait and do your talking on the pitch.’ And that’s what he did!”

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