Mikel is enjoying one of his best seasons with the Blues following Jose Mouirnho's departure, becoming a regular starter under Guus...
Mikel is enjoying one of his best seasons with the Blues following Jose Mouirnho's departure, becoming a regular starter under Guus Hiddink.
However the imminent arrival of new boss Antonio Conte seems to have given the 29-year-old the jitters and he is fearing for his place in the starting XI.
"I have one more season with Chelsea, but I know when this season ends we will definitely sit down and try to sort out whatever needs to be sorted out," he said.
"If it means me leaving, fine. If it means me staying, then I have to play because one thing I don't want to do is to sit on the bench like I did before.
And according to website AllNigeriaSoccer, Valencia are poised to offer him an escape route should Conte cast him aside in the inevitable summer re-shuffle
The report says the Spanish club are keen but are working on reducing his reported £2.3milllion wage demands for the Super Eagles captain who celebrated his 29th birthday yesterday
Mikel has also been linked with a big-money move to the Chinese Super League and could follow in the footsteps of former team-mate Ramires.