Chelsea Midfielder and Nigerian international, John Obi Mikel has hinted that he is considering leaving Chelsea.
Mikel who just entered the final year of his contract with Chelsea can begin negotiations over a Bosman move at the beginning of 2017.
The Chelsea player said he plans to speak with clubs in January if they don’t offer him a new contract.
So far, Mikel has struggled to settle into new coach, Antonio Conte’s game since after returning from the Rio Olympics.
Mikel hinted that perhaps his time at Chelsea could be coming to an end.
Speaking to Goal, Mikel said:
“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.
“Yes, there are going to be rumours, yes, there are going to be conversations between clubs.
“…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.”
Mikel who has spent 11 years at Chelsea, becoming the club’s second longest serving player says the future looks good.
According to him, Chelsea is his home, and he is quite relaxed about his contract expiring soon.
Obi Mikel Hints Of Leaving Chelsea In January
John Obi Mikel so far has won three Premier League titles, two FA Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League with Chelsea.
The midfielder, however, is still hopeful he can secure a first team spot and have his contract renewed.
The 29-year-old stated that he is to conversation and negotiation, but knows that one day he will have to move on.
Mikel hinted of a possible move to China if he doesn’t get to move to another Premier League side.
“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.”