Aiswaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu with Mikel Obi. Twitter

Chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu has revealed that he is envious of Premier League side Chelsea because he is a staunch Manchester United fan.

Tinubu said this when Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi paid him a visit at his Bourdillon, Ikoyi home in Lagos.

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The China-based Mikel had visited the APC bigwig to seek his support for his talent hunt programme – Africa’s Next Football Superstar.

“I’m very proud and honoured to receive you (Mikel). I’m a great fan of football even though not much of a fan of your former club (Chelsea). I sincerely tried to watch Chelsea all the time you were there because you are a great talent,” Tinubu said.

And in a chat with Punch, the former Lagos state governor said: “Chelsea is not my club but he (Mikel) is my club and we will support his project. I’m a Man United fan to the core.

“Last weekend, I watched the Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea game with one eye because I’m always envious of Chelsea. I always wish we (Manchester United) beat them. I sympathise with him (Mikel), his former club had to take a hit from Tottenham.

“When Mikel was there however, I watched Chelsea each time he was on the pitch with both eyes because he’s a great talent. It’s been a wonderful homecoming for him and we will do everything to support him.”

Mikel won two EPL titles, three FA Cups, one Football League Cup as well as the Uefa Champions League and Europa League in 11 years at Stamford Bridge.