Chelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi is weighing his options at Chelsea at the moment after incoming boss, Antonio Conte has delayed to give a response to Mikel’s requesting regarding his playing time under the new management of Conte. The Nigerian international says he is down for any position so long as it means he will have regular playing time.
Mikel who has been a Chelsea player since 2006 when Jose Mourinho signed him from Lyn Oslo, said non-playing time at Chelsea will force him to rethink his future at the club, stating that he can not begin the season by sitting on the bench watching other players trade tackle on the pitch.
With one year left on his contract with Chelsea, Mikel said he is ready to hold off a move away from the club until he holds further discussions with the manager when Italy’s Euro 2016 campaign ends. Goal reports.
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 Goal. “Wherever it is I just want to play. When this season ends we will definitely sort out the contracts.”
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 Dutchman.
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.
Mikel has won two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League during his time at Chelsea.
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