Jose Mourinho blocks John Obi Mikel exit

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Jose Mourinho has blocked John Obi Mikel from leaving Chelsea amid interest from the Middle East.

The BBC reports that the Chelsea midfielder was wanted by two clubs in the United Arab Emirates - Al Ain and Al Wahda.

But neither side could match Chelsea’s valuation of the Nigerian international and as a result he will stay at Stamford Bridge.


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A source told BBC Sport: “There’s absolutely no truth to reports linking Mikel with a move to Turkey or any Chinese club for that matter.

“Only two clubs from the UAE showed strong interest last month but they could not meet his club’s valuation.

“Mikel has a contract with Chelsea until 2017, as things stand he will not be leaving the club this transfer window as speculated.”

The 28-year-old midfielder was restricted to a severely limited role at the club last season as injury and the emergence of Nemanja Matic kept him on the sidelines.

In the end he only managed six Premier League starts as Chelsea won the Premier League title and Mikel is believed to favour a departure this summer as he want assurances over first-team football.

His situation is unlikely to change next season because Cesc Fabregas and Matic were superb for much of the campaign as Chelsea cantered to top spot but Mourinho clearly values the midfielder and will not allow him to leave on the cheap.

It has been reported that Chelsea are looking for something in the region of €15m for Mikel, and Turkish club Fenerbahce confirmed earlier this summer that that is far too much for them.

"Chelsea wants €15 million and Mikel asked for €5 million a season over four years. We are talking €35 million," Fenerbahce president Aziz Yildirim told reporters at their Topuk Yayla training ground.
"This definitely is not something we can pursue.”

Fenerbahce are close to confirming a deal for Manchester United's Robin van Persie.

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