John Obi Mikel has reportedly placed his Chelsea contract talks on hold. The 28-year-old midfie...
John Obi Mikel has reportedly placed his Chelsea contract talks on hold. The 28-year-old midfielder is contract with the Blues until the summer of 2017 but has an offer on the table for an extension.
According to his agent, John Shittu, Nigeria international Mikel is not prepared to commit to the Blues just yet and will wait to learn more about big-money offers from clubs in China before making a call on his Stamford Bridge career which begun in 2006.
"Chelsea have approached him for an extension of his contract but he said after the season he'll decide," Shittu told website AllNigeriaSoccer.com. "He has so many teams interested in him, almost three clubs in China want him."
Ramires joined Jiangsu Suning for £25m in January, while Oscar and Radamel Falcao have also been subject of offers this year, which were rejected by the club and player respectively.
It is understood that at least three teams are looking into the possibility of buying Mikel, including Jiangsu and Shanghai SIPG, who have former England coach Sven Goran Eriksen as manager.
The Nigeria international's current contract at Chelsea has just over a year left to run and the club are prepared to give him an extension.
However, Mikel, who has been at Stamford Bridge for a decade, is going to take time to weigh up his options. He is currently paid in excess of £70,000-a-week, but can earn far more if he makes the switch to the Far East.
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The 28-year-old has enjoyed a renaissance under interim manager Guus Hiddink having become a fringe member of the squad under Jose Mourinho.
But his starting position is likely to come under threat once again when the next permanent coach, Antonio Conte, arrives. Conte has already handed a lengthy list of players to the Chelsea hierarchy that he wants to sign, many of whom are midfielders, including Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal, Radja Nainggolan and Miralem Pjanic.
Mikel is now Chelsea's second longest-serving player behind captain John Terry, who is set to leave at the end of the campaign, in the current squad.
He has won 10 major trophies, including the Champions League and two Premier League titles.