John Obi Mikel’s agent has felt the need to speak out about rumours that the Nigerian national is a possible transfer target for Real Madrid, although he refused to altogether right the idea off.
In a statement that has since garnered plenty of attention, John Shittu, as per the Daily Express, explained that it wouldn’t be right for him to talk about the ongoing speculation as his client remain a Chelsea player.
The fact that he didn’t just rule out the switch has been enough to inspire the media to come to the conclusion that he could indeed be on his way to the Santiago Bernabeu, despite the fact that he makes for a poor candidate from a neutral point of view.
“I can’t talk about anything regarding reports linking John with Real Madrid because he’s still a Chelsea player,” he said.
Mikel at Chelsea
Mikel has played second-fiddle in the Chelsea setup for quite some time now, this year taking a back-seat as the partnership of Nemanja Matic and Francesc Fabregas has flourished. The former ended up in the PFA Team of the Year for his exploits this campaign, whilst there were strong cries of discontent when the latter lost out for the same side virtue of Philippe Coutinho’s inclusion.
With that in mind Mikel may have been kept at bay from the first-team by the very best the Premier League has to offer, but that doesn’t mean he’ll experience any better fortunes at Real if he were to move there.
Toni Kroos and Luka Modric reign supreme in the middle of the park under Carlo Ancelotti, so much so that World Cup winner Sami Khedira and Spanish hot-shot Asier Illarramendi find themselves frozen out on a regular basis.
That’s not to say we here at GiveMeSport are readily accepting the rumour that Real want Mikel in the first place as the gospel truth. Far from it.
It could be argued that the claim is credible purely due to the fact that Khedira is set to take his leave of the Spanish giants in the summer - his contract is up - but even then Los Blancos turning to Mikel, who still has a good bit to run on the five-year deal he signed in 2012, is an unconventional prospect.
That is unless the candidate in question is wanted purely as a reserve option rather than someone who might keep Kroos and Modric on their toes. Whether or not Mikel would relish being deployed in such a role is another matter entirely, but what’s most important to consider is that Real will likely have more reputable names on their wish-list.
Chelsea fans, is this deal at all feasible? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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