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Chelsea stalwart admits he could leave in January

Obi Mikel

Out-of-favor Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has admitted he may be forced to consider a move away from the club if his situation under Antonio Conte doesn’t change soon.

The 29-year-old Nigeria captain, who’s been at Stamford Bridge since 2006, has hinted he could leave Chelsea in search for regular first-team football.

“We will wait and see what happens in January,” Mikel was quoted as saying by ESPN.

“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 is yet to play a single minute under Antonio Conte this season and it seems like he’s ready to try his luck elsewhere.

The former Lyn defensive midfielder obviously isn’t part of Antonio Conte’s plans at Stamford Bridge and his chances of changing the manager’s mind are slim to none, especially considering N’GoloKante’s phenomenal form this season.

Mikel has been a loyal and dependable servant to the club for a decade, but maybe it’s time for a change and it appears as though the player’s mulling over his future.

The Nigerian could leave as soon as January, with several continental clubs reportedly keen to secure his services.