Mikel Considering Chelsea Exit
Mikel Considering Chelsea Exit: John Obi Mikel has stated he is ready to talk to clubs, as he enters the final year of his contract at Chelsea.
The Nigeria international who has entered the final year of his contract and could negotiate a move away from the club come January.
He has however struggled to break into Conte’s squad at Chelsea after returning from his Olympic duties, where he helped Nigeria win bronze.
“I have one year left [on my contract],” Mikel told Goal . “When you have a year left as a football player, you have to start planning and start thinking about what’s going to happen at the end of the season. Yes, there are going to be rumours, yes, there are going to be conversations between clubs.
“When you have a year left, in January, you are allowed to talk to other clubs and sign a pre-contract or have an agreement so, yes, I will talk to other clubs because you never know what is going to happen.”
“I’ve been here for a long, long time. I’ve spent 11 years of my life in this football club, it is my home.
“This season is the last at the club if my contract ends. I am quite relaxed about it, the future looks good.”
Mikel is Chelsea’s second longest serving player after John Terry and has won three Premier League titles, two FA Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League in his 11-year career at Stamford Bridge.
Although he is open to new offers come January, he is still hopeful he can compete with new signing N’Golo Kante for a starting spot and have his Blues contract renewed.
“I am always open to a new conversation, a negotiation [with Chelsea],” he added. “But if there’s none, the future still looks bright. One day you have to move on. I think my memories here, my achievements here, are something that no one will ever take away from me.
“I have won everything there is to win with this football club. We were the first London club to win the Champions League, and forever I will be one of the first players to win the Champions League for Chelsea. Those memories will never go away.”