Mikel Conditions Chelsea For A Stay TrendyVoice

28 June 2016

Mikel Conditions Chelsea For A Stay

John Obi Mikel could be set to leave Chelsea this
summer in pursuit of regular first-team football.

midfielder, who has been with the Blues since
2006, has just one-year remaining on his current
deal and is yet to receive assurances about his
playing time ahead of the new season.
Mikel has spoken to inbound Chelsea boss
Antonio Conte and is prepared to hold off a move
away until he holds further discussions with the
manager when Italy's Euro 2016 campaign ends.
However, Mikel - who would be keen to stay at
Chelsea - is considering alternative options in
case Conte does not offer him what he wants.

Chelsea have a policy of only offering one-year
extensions to players over 30 which means it is in
the 29-year-old's interest to renew his contract
this summer to secure a longer deal.

Mikel has previously spoken about his future
after Nigeria played Egypt back in March and
made it clear that he does not want to sit on the

"I have to play because one thing I don't want to
do is to sit on the bench like I did before," Mikel
said. "Wherever it is I just want to play. When
this season ends we will definitely sort out the

The Super Eagles midfielder could also miss the
start of Chelsea's season after being in a
provisional 35 man squad for the Olympic Games
as one of Nigeria's over 23 players.

Mikel is Chelsea's second longest-serving player
after John Terry and - like many of his team-
mates - he suffered under Jose Mourinho's
management last season before Guus Hiddink's
temporary leadership where he flourished,
playing in 24 out of 28 games under the

Despite not yet being formally in charge at the
club, Conte has had his say over renewing Terry's
contract and he has also issued a transfer wishlist
to the Chelsea hierarchy which includes Roma's
Radja Nainggolan.

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