Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has hinted he may leave Stamford Bridge in the January 2017 transfer window.
29-year-old Mikel has been at the Blues for 10 years.
He is Chelsea’s second longest-serving player behind captain John Terry.
Sadly, Mikel has not yet had play time for his team this season under coach Antonio Conte.
Mikel in an interview with the BBC World Service Sport said:
“I will keep doing my best and ready for when called up upon.
“We will see what happens in January.”
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said Mikel is being punished for representing his country at this summer’s Rio Olympics.
Although Mikel later refuted coach Rohr’s claims, it seems the Nigerian is truly being sidelined for the same reason.
Mikel Hints Of Possible Chelsea Exit In January 2017
John Obi Mikel led Nigeria’s Super Eagles, the Dream Team VI as captain to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Nigeria won Bronze in the men’s football category at the Olympic Games in Brazil.
Mikel said the medal is something he would “not trade for anything”.
Since arriving at Stamford Bridge in 2006 for a fee of £16m, Mikel has won two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League.
However, he has fallen out of favour this season under new manager Antonio Conte.
Mikel told BBC World Service Sport in an interview:
“I have never been a guy who made excuses in life, I never shy away from my responsibilities.
“I have to keep training hard and make sure I change the manager’s mind.
“I have been professional, I train and work everyday with the team and I hope one day I will get to play.
“I have written my name in the history of this football club and I have won loads of trophies.
“I have played close to 400 games and have no single regret.
“I still want to win more and help the team. Players move on in life but I am relaxed about January.
“I will speak to the club find the best solution.”