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StoryJohn obi Mikel comments on his Chelsea future

John obi Mikel was recently quoted as saying that his Chelsea future was dependent on his first-team status under new manager Antonio Conte.

The Italian will be taking over at Chelsea in the summer once the Euro 2016 is done away with. He is yet another managerial change at Stamford Bridge and one that raises doubts about the positions of several players not regarded as first-team stars. This definitely includes Mikel, who has been at the club for almost a decade. After being given the captaincy of the Nigerian national team, Mikel is in a position to want to play regularly.

He recently appeared at he may look elsewhere for first-team opportunities in the summer since it is time that Conte will make him as the first choice defensive midfielder. The 29-year-old has made 35 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea this season, but most of these appearances have come in the second half when Guus Hiddink became the manager. He was largely overlooked by Jose Mourinho – even though the Portuguese brought him to the club in 2006 – and spent much time on the sidelines. Mikel is now in a position to feel that this is no longer good enough for him especially at this age.

However, his agent has provided a sudden U-turn to the story. He now says that Mikel may consider staying at Chelsea beyond the campaign and he could potentially see out his contract. “Mikel has said he is still with Chelsea until the end of his contract next year.Certainly, he is not leaving this summer. At this moment, it is uncertain whether he will renew his contract or leave as a free agent next year,” said his agent. Chelsea have reportedly offered John obi Mikel a new contract, which the player is yet to sign.