Moses credits Mikel for Blues success

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Converted wing-back Victor Moses has thanked his Chelsea and Nigerian team-mate John Obi Mikel for his support and encouragement.

Ahead of this season, Moses' future at Chelsea had been in doubt following three different loan spells away from the club recently.

Instead he has excelled under new manager Antonio Conte, the 25-year-old playing more of a defensive role, but still managing to notch three goals in 12 league games and one goal in two cup encounters.

The Kaduna-born wide player has become an increasingly key member of Conte's side and after winning back-to-back man-of-the-match awards for Chelsea, Moses also went on to win the PFA Fans' Player of the month award.

Moses admitted however that things could have turned out differently without Nigerian captain Mikel's support.

"At the start of pre-season, Mikel told me to forget about going out on loan and fight for your spot. He told me 'where are you running to, why can't you stay here and fight for your spot?'

"His talks renewed my belief even before the manager told me I am part of his plans, and today I can't help but thank him for helping me realise the reason why am at Chelsea," said Moses.