John Obi Mikel has been at Chelsea so long he has almost become part of the furniture.
However, times are changing at Stamford Bridge and Mikel is having to come to the realisation his time at the club might be coming to an end.
The Nigerian has entered the final year of his contract and is yet to be utilised by new manager Antonio Conte at any point so far this season.
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June marked the tenth anniversary of Mikel's move to the Premier League and despite making 372 appearances for the Blues, it would appear he is now considered surplus to requirements in west London.
But Mikel has been around long enough to recognise the beginning of the end and has admitted he will be open to talking to other clubs in January.
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"I have one year left [on my contract]. When you have a year left as a football player, you have to start planning and start thinking about what’s going to happen at the end of the season," Mikel said in an interview with Goal.
"Yes, there are going to be rumours, yes, there are going to be conversations between clubs.
"When you have a year left, in January, you are allowed to talk to other clubs and sign a pre-contract or have an agreement so, yes, I will talk to other clubs because you never know what is going to happen."
N'Golo Kante has picked up from where he left off for Leicester last season since his big money move, pushing Mikel even further down the pecking order.
However, the 29-year-old hasn't totally written off his chances of staying at Chelsea.
He added: "I am always open to a new conversation, a negotiation [with Chelsea]. But if there’s none, the future still looks bright. One day you have to move on.
"I think my memories here, my achievements here, are something that no one will ever take away from me."
Mikel certainly has plenty of career highlights to look back on should he opt for a fresh start elsewhere next season and the Nigerian will probably go down as one of the most understated stars in Roman Abramovich's trophy-laden reign at the club to date.
"I have won everything there is to win with this football club. We were the first London club to win the Champions League, and forever I will be one of the first players to win the Champions League for Chelsea. Those memories will never go away," Mikel continued.
"If it is going to be the Premier League there will be options. If it is China or some other places, we will see. One thing is for sure, I will make the best decision."
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