John Obi Mikel has confirmed that he will be leaving Chelsea but at this stage it’s unclear if that will be at the end of the season or as early as January.
As have seen over the years, Mikel is someone that divides opinion amongst the Chelsea faithful. Some people would have him in their team purely for his defensive instincts and his ability to be in the right place at the right time. Others however bemoan his use of the ball and would not have him in the team.
As we have seen this season, Antonio Conte has sided with the latter part of the debate and Mikel is nowhere near the first team so far and you cannot argue with the way things have panned out of late as we sit second in the league having kept five clean sheets in a row.
Mikel plays a very different role for Nigeria and his coach at national level Gernot Rohr has slammed the treatment of Mikel by Conte. He said:
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