Chelsea may not have released an official statement telling John Mikel Obi that he can leave the club, but all indicators point to the fact that if Chelsea received a bid for the former Lyn Oslo man, they would let him leave.
In the last two seasons, Mikel has seen his bit-part role in Chelsea reduced drastically and the Nigerian midfielder is now only a bench warmer in Jose Mourinho’s side. Ever since Matic arrived in Chelsea, Mikel’s position was under threat as he wasn’t trusted enough to replace Frank Lampard. Fabregas arrived last season to put the final nail in the coffin as Ramires was the player who was axed from the squad and put on the bench to replace Mikel as a second option in midfield. Chelsea stopped every attempt by other clubs to sign Ramires proving that they still needed him. And when Mourinho decided to leave Mikel on the bench and play Kurt Zouma instead, John Mikel Obi had to know his number was up. But if the message wasn’t clear to Mikel Obi, the promotion of Ruben Loftus-Cheek to the senior squad had to be the knockout blow for the Nigerian.
Mikel is yet to take part in one competitive match for Chelsea this season and it might stay that way all season long but the stubborn Nigerian attacking midfielder turned holding midfielder seems to be the only one who can’t see that Mikel Obi’s Chelsea number is up.