Mikel Could Leave Chelsea In January

Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel has stated he will think about his future at Chelsea when the January window opens should Conte continue to leave him out of the squad.

Since the arrival of Kante to the Bridge from Leicester, the Nigerian midfielder has not featured for Chelsea. Kante and Matic have been utilised in the heart of the 3-4-3 midfield, with Chelsea garnering 25 points from 11 EPL matches.

Mikel has been a first-team regular at Stamford Bridge since arriving from Lyn in 2006, but he acknowledged his stay could come to an end when the transfer window re-opens, should his situation not change.

“We will wait and see what happens in January,” he said, as quoted by ESPN FC.

“For the first time in my career, this is happening to me and I have to stand up and deal with it.

“It is what it is but I’m training hard every day and I always wish the team the best and I am happy we are doing well.

“I’ve been at Chelsea a long time. Managers come and go, players come and go. I’ve been at Chelsea a long time and these things happen in football. So we will have to make that decision when January comes.”

Mikel’s contract expires at the end of the campaign and reports have already suggested Conte is reluctant to offer him a new deal.