Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel could be offered a new contract by Chelsea following his return to prominence under stand-in coach G...
Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel could be offered a new contract by Chelsea following his return to prominence under stand-in coach Guus Hiddink, according to the Mirror.
Mikel was a peripheral figure for the Blues while Jose Mourinho was in charge, but the Portuguese’s sacking and the return of Hiddink has seen a revival in the 28-year-old, who yesterday started and played 82 minutes of Chelsea’s 5-1 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup.
He also scored an away goal in the Blues’ first leg, last 16 clash against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League last week.
|Mikel celebrating his goal in Paris|
Mikel’s form has seen Chelsea reshuffle in midfield, with Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas no longer the preferred starters in the engine room.
As a result, Chelsea are weighing up a new deal for the Nigerian, who has 15 months left on his current contract at Stamford Bridge.
Mikel’s current deal at Stamford Bridge is due to expire in the summer of 2017 but, having featured regularly since Hiddink took charge of the club in December, The Blues have given serious consideration to the prospect of handing him fresh terms.
He has been at Chelsea since 2006 and has made over 350 appearances for the London club, winning two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the UEFA Champions League amongst other honours.