Chelsea footballer John Obi Mikel has secretly fathered two children with different women, it has emerged today.
The 28-year-old midfielder is dad to a four-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter after short relationships with the women.
He is understood to have bought a £500,000 house in 2013 in the Home Counties for his son and mum and is keen to play a part in the boy's life.
A source told The Sun:
"John also agreed to give her tens of thousands a year in upkeep and, I think, agreed to give her a new car every three to five years."
Mikel also financially supports his daughter, who was born after the couple met at a London nightclub in 2013.A friend of the daughter's mum added:
"John has provided for her and the girl.She seems to have come into money since having the baby and is keeping a low profile."
Mikel is now dating Russian businesswoman Olga Diyachenko and has posted pics of the pair together on social media.
A spokesman for the footballer told The Sun:
"This is an entirely private matter.John provides for and cares for his children and will continue to do so. He asks that their privacy is respected."