Date: 2nd July 2013 at 4:00pm
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Mikel-goalChelsea and Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel had recently been linked with a move to Galatasaray and Turkish publication Sabah even made up some quotes in which he confirmed his departure, despite the fact he was on international duty at the Confederations Cup and Colin Udoh, a journalist close to Mikel, more or less rubbished the reports.

Mikel has been quoted in the Daily Star this time and when questioned over his future the 26-year-old did what a lot of footballers like to do and said something that was neither here nor there.

He said:

“I have a four-year contract with Chelsea but you know, in football you can never guess.

“One day you are here, the next day you might leave.”

(Daily Star)

Basically, this ‘maybe or maybe not’ comment has been used to suit the newspaper’s agenda as they report ‘John Obi Mikel hints he could be set for Chelsea exit’.

As he said, football is unpredictable but he does have a long-term contract with Chelsea and Jose Mourinho wouldn’t sanction his exit lightly, especially as he’s the only holding midfielder in the squad other than Oriol Romeu, who isn’t nearly good enough in my opinion, and we’re already lacking in the central midfield area overall as it is without adding to our woes.

Mourinho has been adamant that he will give everyone a chance to prove their worth and although he probably has made up his mind about a fair few we’re yet to learn his thought process. I don’t think Mikel will be leaving unless he asks to in order to secure more regular first team football and Chelsea receive a fair price.

He showed decent form during the Confederations Cup and showed he’s capable of doing more than the job he’s been asked to do at Chelsea and he’s sacrificed his natural instincts which often goes unappreciated, unfortunately.

He’s still a young man and has won almost everything he can at Chelsea whilst working with some of the best managers in the game, but do you think he will leave Stamford Bridge for a new challenge or stay put?

Source: Daily Star