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Mikel Sets Eyes on China, Puts Chelsea on Hold

 

Super Eagles Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel has reportedly placed his contract talks with Chelsea on hold, as he waits to learn more in regards to lucrative offers from China.
The 28-year-old’s contract with the Blues expires in mid-2017, but he has an offer on the table for an extension with the Premier League club.
Mikel is the club’s second-longest-serving player behind captain John Terry and is currently in his 10th season at Stamford Bridge.
While he has sometimes been regarded as a peripheral member of the squad, the Nigeria international has become a first-team regular once again under Guus Hiddink.
With his current contract set to expire at the end of next season, the Blues have approached the player over the possibility of a new deal.
According to his agent, John Shittu, the Super Eagles player is not prepared to commit to Chelsea just yet and will wait for more details about big-money offers from clubs in China. Mikel has been on Chelsea’s books since 2006.
“Chelsea has approached him for an extension of his contract but he said after the season he’ll decide,” Shittu told AllNigeriaSoccer.com.
“He has so many teams interested in him; almost three clubs in China want him.”
Mikel has been a near ever-present in the Chelsea first-team since the turn of the year, with Hiddink describing him as the “ideal player” needed to address the club’s midfield woes shortly after his arrival back at the club.
“If the team is not willing to defend well or have the right balance then you concede a lot of goals. I thought John Obi can be one of the key figures in getting the balance back.

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