John Mikel Obi has said that he is willing to hold talks of a contract extension with Chelsea if he is offered the chance. The Super Eagles captain, in the final year of his contract with Chelsea, said he may have to start to talking to clubs in January if the Blues are not forthcoming with a deal. Mikel has found it difficult breaking into Antonio Conte’s side following his Olympic with the Dream Team VI. The 29-year-old missed the early training sessions led by the Italian tactician. Mikel was left out of the squad that lost 1-2 to Liverpool on Friday night.
“I have one year left [on my contract],” Mikel told Goal.
“When you have a year left as a football player, you have to start planning and start thinking about what’s going to happen at the end of the season. Yes, there are going to be rumours, yes, there are going to be conversations between clubs.
“When you have a year left, in January, you are allowed to talk to other clubs and sign a pre-contract or have an agreement so, yes, I will talk to other clubs because you never know what is going to happen.”
“I’ve been here for a long, long time. I’ve spent 11 years of my life in this football club, it is my home.
“This season is the last at the club if my contract ends. I am quite relaxed about it, the future looks good.”
The Olympic bronze-medallist is Chelsea’s second longest serving player after John Terry. He ha helped the team to three Premier League titles, two FA Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League in his 11-year career at Stamford Bridge.
Mikel could return to Chelsea action against Premier League champions Leicester City in the League Cup.