Super Eagles winger Samuel Chukwueze is not happy with John Obi Mikel's decision to retire from international football.
Mikel announced his retirement on Thursday after leading Nigeria to bronze medal finish at the AFCON 2019, ending an illustrious career with the Super Eagles that spanned 14 years.
Chukwueze, who has been learning from the former Chelsea midfielder, is not happy losing Mikel in the Super Eagles, but has to respect his decision.
“Mikel is a role model for me and to other young players in the team. He was a fantastic captain on and off the pitch,” Chukwueze told Completesports.com.
“It’s pity that he has decided to quit the team at a time when someone like me is just coming into the team. I’m always around him and he always willing to help me in any way he can as well.
“I wish him all the best for the the remaining part of his career. We will surely miss him. Nobody is happy he is leaving the team, but we have to respect his decision.”
Mikel represented Nigeria at five Africa Cup of Nations finals and was part of the squad that won the 2013 edition in South Africa.