The tangle took longer than a year to resolve and for some of that time Mikel was unable to play for any of the clubs.
"When you are young, a lot of people are getting into your head," said Mikel. "It was too much pressure. I just had to shut everyone up and concentrate and see what happened in the end. It took time but when I started playing, it was such a relief. It's the same with Gael.
"I've spoken to him about it. He knew what had happened to me and I tried to tell him to calm down and continue working hard in training. Hopefully everything is going to be fine now."