"I always told him: 'Where are you going?' every time he goes away," Mikel told Goal.
"'Where are you going? I mean, you always go out on loan, but why? Stay here and fight, you are a very good player, a young player. You are quick, you are strong, you are fast, you can dribble, where are you going? Why are you always running away from this football club?'
"Every time I talk to him, he says he wants to play football and I think he has found a manager who will give him time, who believes he has got a lot to offer the team. I think he is ready to take up that challenge as well. I think it is the right time for Vic to be here.
"I think, if he was here another time, I don't think he would have made it, but I think that this is the right time for him."