Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel could be set to leave Chelsea this summer in pursuit of regular first-team football, Goal understands.
The 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.
Further reports have it that 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 bench.
“I have to play because one thing I don’t want to do is to sit on the bench like I did before,” Mikel told a sports correspondent. “Wherever it is I just want to play. When this season ends we will definitely sort out the contracts”the father of two concluded.