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Mikel's dad Pa Michael Obi was held captive the day before the ex-Chelsea midfielder played in Nigeria's huge World Cup clash against Argentina at the 2018 World Cup, with the player deciding to play on without telling his team-mates prior to their 2-1 defeat.
The 36-year-old, who is now retired, was speaking after the kidnapping of Luis Diaz's parents in Colombia - with his mother quickly released but his father still being held hostage.
The Liverpool forward made an emotional plea for the Guerilla group responsible to release him after his equaliser for the Reds in a 1-1 draw against Luton - and he is expected to be handed back on Wednesday.
Mikel - whose father was later released after he paid the ransom - told Diaz he knows 'exactly what he is going through' as he recounted the emotional ordeal and the support he received while speaking to talkSport - and the surprise intervention of Russian billionaire Abramovich.
Former Chelsea star John Obi Mikel has revealed ex-Blues owner Roman Abramovich offered to 'send people' when his father was kidnapped in 2018
Mikel had been told the devastating news the day before his Nigeria side played a huge 2018 World Cup game against Lionel Messi's Argentina
'Chelsea were very supportive,' he said. 'I remember Roman [Abramovich] saying, "Do you want me to send people over? Because I know if I send people over, I can get your dad out". I was like, "how are you going to do this?"
'He said, "Don't worry about that. Just let me, if you want that option, I can do it".'
Mikel added: 'Just knowing that my dad