Chelsea star John Obi Mikel has insisted he wants to see out the remainder of his contract with the club.
As reported by The Sun, Mikel, who is one of the club's longest serving players, claims Jose Mourinho wants him to remain at Stamford Bridge, but has hinted that he will depart west London once his deal comes to an end in two years time.
Mikel, of course, has been in and out of the starting XI under the guidance of Mourinho over the last couple of years, but is still recognised as an important squad player at the Premier League champions.
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And he certainly wants to stay on at the club for the foreseeable future, as he stated: “I want to stay and the manager wants me to stay. I’ve got two years [on my contract] here and I’m happy.
“I like to be somewhere where I have developed friends and family. It’s like my family here and every day I come to work it is like coming in to see my family.
“I know all the players and all the staff so it’s going to be a hard place to leave when my contract runs out.
“But let’s see what happens. I want to see out my two years.”
Let's be honest, Obi Mikel isn't exactly the most exciting player at the club's disposal, but his importance to the squad shouldn't be underestimated.
There have been - and will be again - occasions when Mourinho needs him to play a key role in the centre of the pitch, as the Blues look to see out games.
Expect him to stay on at the Bridge for at least another year and then go in search of one final challenge in the game.
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