Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel is willing to reject interest from Inter Milan in order to stay at Stamford Bridge.

The Nigerian international has been linked with a move away from the west London outfit after falling out of favour at Chelsea since Jose Mourinho sealed a return to the club.

Mikel, who completed a move to Chelsea in controversial fashion back in 2006, has made just 10 Premier League starts so far this season.

The Nigerian international has fallen further down the pecking order as the season has gone by - with the likes of Nemanja Matic, Ramires and Frank Lampard all thought to be ahead of Mikel.

Mikel is desperate to prove his worth to Mourinho and the Chelsea fans between now and the end of the season as he is not ready to end his eight affiliation with the club.

His agent Olatunji John Shittu, speaking to Nigerian publication The Daily Times, said on his client's future: "It's all part of the transfer speculations. As far as I am concerned, there is nothing like that.

"It's just a rumour. We heard a similar thing that he was going to Galatasaray last season.

"Mikel is a fighter who would like to stay and fight for his place in Chelsea."

The former Lyn Oslo midfielder will not be able to display his commitment to Chelsea against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night due to suspension.

Mourinho will also be without the ineligible duo of Matic and Mohamed Salah, the suspended Lampard and Petr Cech due to injury. 

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