Mikel faces drink driving charges...Chelsea footballer John Obi Mikel leaves West London Magistrates Court in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 24, 2009. The footballer is appearing in court charged with drink driving in his Range Rover in Fulham on January 24. Watch for PA story COURTS Mikel. Photo credit should read: Johnny Green/PA Wire

No New Chelsea Deal For Mikel – Conte

By Adebayo Williams

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said that the club is yet to talk to Mikel Obi about a new deal. He said he believes the league is more important than the Nigerian midfielder’s contract talks and indeed any such discussions currently.

Mikel is yet to feature for Conte’s team this season after returning from the Rio 2016 Olypics where he helped the Dream Team VI to a bronze medal finish.

“Now? Have I spoken to him now? No. No. No but, I repeat, now it’s important to be focused on the championship in this period,” Conte told reporters.

“We are in November. It’s important to be focused on the pitch. Then, we can focus other situations in time. It’s normal in every squad, there are players who are towards the end of their contract, and they and the club together take a decision on their futures.”

“Mikel is working very well now. In the past he’s sometimes had some injuries but now he’s working very hard and I’m pleased with his work-rate.”

Mikel has struggled to find a place this term after the arrival of N’Golo Kante arrived while Nemanja Matic, Oscar, Cesc Fabregas and Nathaniel Chalobah appear to also be ahead of him in the pecking order.

 

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