It was one of the most fascinating transfer sagas in modern football history, ending in a year-long court battle and with one very unhappy club.

Now, more than ten years on, John Obi Mikel finally reveals what really happened when he signed for both Manchester United and Chelsea.

After impressing for Nigeria at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, Mikel earned a trial at Manchester united, as reported in The Sun.

Still in school, Mikel left his family to go oversees and train with United's first team. So impressed by the teenager's talent, Roy Keane and Paul Scholes told Sir Alex Ferguson that he must sign John Obi Mikel.