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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 November 2005, 18:06 GMT
Nigeria's Mikel Obi missing again
John Mikel Obi
Mikel Obi has disappeared again from his Norway club, Lyn Oslo

Nigeria's teenage international John Mikel Obi has been declared missing from Norwegian club Lyn Oslo for the second time.

According to Morgan Andersen, Lyn's sporting director, Obi has not been seen for the past three days.

But reports indicate that the Nigerian was leaving Norway as a result of a protracted contract battle with Lyn that has brought forgery and fraud allegations to the fore.

The 18-year-old had been at the centre of a contract dispute between Lyn and Manchester United on one side, and Chelsea on the other.

Obi abandoned his playing duties with Lyn for three months before being ordered back by Fifa.

In an interview with the Aftenposten newspaper, Obi said he planned to leave Norway for England on Wednesday.

"I have informed Lyn in writing that I don't want anything more to do with the club," Obi was quoted as saying.

"I just hope Lyn releases my players' license, so I can start training," he said.

The dispute began after Obi signed a contract on 29 April, in which he agreed to join Manchester United in January 2005.

But he subsequently claimed he was pressured to sign for United and wanted to play for Chelsea instead.

An angry Obi left Norway in May but returned to Lyn after Fifa ordered him to resume his career with the club.

The player and his lawyers claim that the latest Lyn contract, which was crucial to the United deal, had been forged. A police complaint was filed last week.

"I don't want to say much about it," Obi said on Norway's TV-2 network.

"We have evidence that the agreement is forged."

Andersen, who met with police Tuesday, insisted the contract was genuine, and that the tennager's advisors had taken desperate steps to get it declared invalid.

"The best they could come up with was to claim that the contract was false," he said on Lyn's official website.

Verdens Gang, one of Norway's main newspapers, reported on Wednesday that Obi and his advisers had a letter signed on 15 September 2004, allowing him to change clubs without compensation being paid to Lyn.

"Morgan Andersen believes this is a forgery," Lyn's lawyer attorney Erik Nadheim told the newspaper.



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