Mikel 29, started his official football career at the age of 12 when he impressed the scouts of the famous Pepsi Academy in Nigeria with his potentials. Mikel stood out from the group of selected players from across the country and was later picked to play for top-flight club Plateau United. Mikel joined Chelsea in 2006 from Lyn Oslo after a series of controversy.

The Nigerian Super Eagles’ captain, has not made the bench this season in any competition for Chelsea. Mikel who was an ever-present starter under Guus Hindink last season has not been picked by the new Chelsea boss Conte. Just like Fabregas, Mikel has dropped in the pecking order per thinking of the new boss.

Mikel’s involvement in the Olympics did not help his course because he didn’t have enough time to play into the thinking of the new boss before jetting out to Rio for the Olympics in Brazil.

Mikel is in the final year of his contract with Chelsea and with opportunity hard to come by in Stamford bridge now, it will be in his best interest to look beyond Chelsea in the coming January transfer window.

Mikel has won eleven trophies with Chelsea since signing in 2006, one champions league, one Europa league, two premier league titles, four FA cups, two league cups and one community shield.  He is the second longest serving member of the Chelsea first team behind John Terry.

At 29, Mikel needs a regular playing time and at Chelsea I doubt the possibility considering the form of Matic and Kante in that midfield.


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