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.

StoryJohn obi Mikel’s future at Chelsea has been under speculation

John obi Mikel’s future at Chelsea has been under speculation in the last few weeks after the player admitted that he would be prepared to change clubs if he is not going to get regular football at Stamford Bridge under the management of Antonio Conte.

The Italian was recently announced as the next Chelsea manager after signing a three-year contract to replace Guus Hiddink. Conte is known as man who places a lot of value upon discipline and tactical knowledge. He has a special relationship with Paul Pogba of Juventus.

StoryJohn Obi Mikel feels that things are better with GuusHiddink

Chelsea have slowly been collecting points and snatching spots in the higher section of the Premier League and this has been happening ever since Jose Mourinho was removed from his managerial position in the English club and replaced by GuusHiddink.

The Dutch coach seems to have given Chelsea stability and John Obi Mikel recently spoken up about what Hiddink has done that has made such a positive and quick impact in Stamford Bridge, according to the Nigerian midfielder, Hiddink simply knows how to communicate with his players better than Jose Mourinho.

According to the Nigerian player, one of the things that GuusHiddink does better than Jose Mourinho is in the way that the Dutch coach talks with his team. Mourinho is known to be a very outspoken manager who makes his voice be heard meanwhile Hiddink is a more relaxed coach who only talks when it’s actually necessary.

StoryJohn obi Mikel may have featured in only eight league games

Chelsea midfielder John obi Mikel may have featured in only eight league games so far, but he is one of the long-standing players in the Chelsea dressing room after having been at the club since 2006.

Still just 28, the Nigerian midfielder has been used sparingly by Jose Mourinho. This was surprising given that Mourinho played a huge role in bringing Mikel to the club during his first spell. Amidst several doubts about his future, the 28-year-old has started featuring more often than not in the last few games. This turnaround has happened since the arrival of Guus Hiddink as the interim manager until the end of the season.

StoryJohn obi Mikel has not been unavailable for some crucial matches

John obi Mikel has not been unavailable for some crucial matches for the Nigerian national team and this has led to former coach Austin Eguavoen stating that it is up to the player to choose his international career.

It has recently been revealed that Mikel did not answer repeated calls from the Nigerian FA to take part in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Tanzania. The nation were crowned as champions only a few years ago and Mikel was an instrumental part of the team. However, he is coming into the time when players consider their international careers in order to focus on club football.


Newcastle United legend and BBC pundit Alan Shearer reckons that Chelsea were certainly not helped by the lack of defensive support from Cesc Fabregas in the recent 3-0 loss against Manchester City.

Chelsea suffered this immense setback against their title rivals in only the fourth match of the season. The team failed to start the season with a win after only drawing against Swansea on the opening day, and hav stuttered for form since.

The performances of Fabregas have come under the radar once again, as the Spaniard has not been able to match his high standards set at the same stage last season.

StorySam Sodje is of the opinion that Chelsea midfielder John obi Mikel should stay at Position

Former Nigeria international Sam Sodje is of the opinion that Chelsea midfielder John obi Mikel should stay at Chelsea and fight for his position.

The 28-year-old looked almost certain to leave the club in this transfer window. However, Chelsea’s failure to secure the signing of Paul Pogba before transfer deadline day has left him facing another six months at Stamford Bridge. It is clear that he is no longer the first choice at Chelsea. For several years – after the departure of Mourinho in his first spell, Mikel was the first team regular at Chelsea. He was seen as the replacement for Claude Makelele.

StoryJohn obi Mikel has decided to end his decade-long Chelsea career

John obi Mikel has decided to end his decade-long Chelsea career after reportedly agreeing a move to Arabian Gulf League champions Al Ain.

Mikel moved to Chelsea back in 2007 and he was seen as the ideal replacement for Claude Makelele, who was about to retire during that period. Even though he was used to being an attacking midfielder throughout his career, Mikel adapted to this role and performed exceedingly well during his initial years. In recent times, though, the disadvantages of the Nigerian midfielder have been coming to light and this has seen him get less first-team opportunities.

StoryJohn obi Mikel is coming to the end of his glittering Chelsea career

After making just 12 league appearances so far this campaign, it looks like John obi Mikel is coming to the end of his glittering Chelsea career.

The Nigerian international has won several major trophies including the Champions League during his long spell with the blues. He had joined Chelsea as a teenager back in 2007. Now after 10 years, Mikel is believed to be on the verge of an exit after falling down the pecking order. Nemanja Matic, who was brought to the club in a £ 20 million deal from Benfica, has been a regular first-team player.

StoryJohn obi Mikel is longest Surviving Chelsea Player

John obi Mikel is one of longest serving Chelsea players having been at the club since 2007. Even though the arrival of Nemanja Matic for £ 26 million last January threatened to send him out of the club, he has managed to soldier on.
Mikel has not been a first-team regular for Chelsea this season, but he has been useful as a backup player to Matic. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho recently confirmed that the midfielder will not be available for up to a month after undergoing an ankle surgery. He will miss the crucial game against Paris St Germain at Stamford Bridge.


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