According to reports exclusively gathered by Owngoalnigeria.com, Chelsea current second longest serving player John Mikel Obi has been told by manager Antonio Conte that he is free to leave the club in January.
Mikel is still waiting for his first competitive appearance for Chelsea under Conte, but it appears he will stay frozen out of the team as he doesn’t feature in the plans of the coach.
Coach of the Nigerian team Gernot Rohr met with Technical Director Mike Emenalo yesterday, who revealed to Rohr that Mikel is not in the plans of the Italian manager.
” Talks were held between Mikel and the manager. As for now he has been told he can leave in January, mind you his contract is set to expire in the summer” a source close to the midfielder told Owngoalnigeria.com.
” There’s every possibility for him to leave Chelsea either on loan or permanently in January. But the summer looks more likely. Every story must have an end. After 11 seasons, Mikel wants to move on and so too Chelsea”.