John Obi Mikel has four offers to leave Chelsea but he is unlikely to move to China, according to reports.
The 29-year-old has been at Stamford Bridge since 2006 but is set to end his 10-year association with the London club after not making a single appearance in the first half of the season.
Antonio Conte has been unwilling to give the Nigeria international a chance during his tenure at the club and Valencia, Inter Milan and Marseille are all ready to take him on.
A source close to the player told ESPN: ‘All the offers are getting serious consideration but it is first and foremost about project football, and not about money.
‘That is why we are not considering the offer from China.
‘He also has a young family that is very important to him and he does not want to cause any upheaval in their lives.
‘Family is No. 1 priority for him in all this, so that is another reason for him to want to stay in Europe.
‘We have to make sure that we make the best decision based on that.
‘He is taking time to spend Christmas with his family. After that, a decision will be made.’
Jurgen Klopp opens up on the title race: Chelsea deserve to win it if they do this
LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp says Chelsea are still favourites for the title.
Liverpool moved to within six points of league leaders Chelsea with a 4-1 win over Stoke today.
But the Blues have won 12 league games on the bounce and are in high spirits heading into their New Year’s Eve clash against the Potters.
Liverpool’s other title rivals – Arsenal and Manchester City – also won their Boxing Day games yesterday.
But the Reds boss insists his full attention is on his own team and no one else.
“We are focused on ourselves,’ Klopp said after today’s win at Anfield.
“We watch football and know the results but this is not when the season will be decided.
“If Chelsea win all of the games they will be champions and they will deserve it.
“We have to fight for each point. We need to be ready for each game.”
Eden Hazard: This Chelsea side is the best Blues side I’ve played in
EDEN HAZARD has warned Chelsea’s title rivals his ruthless, record-breaking team is the best Blues side he has ever played in.
Antonio Conte’s men marched to a club record 12th straight win in the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Bournemouth on Boxing Day.
And Hazard, who joined Chelsea in 2012, reckons they are an even more formidable force than Jose Mourinho’s 2014/15 title winners.
That team won the championship with three games to spare after going on a mammoth 16-game unbeaten run earlier in the season, and Hazard ended up Footballer of the Year.
But asked whether he thought this year’s vintage was even better, he said: “Yes – because we win every game! We are full of confidence.
“We try to do something that we didn’t do in the past. We score some goals. We feel good. We try to win every game. We don’t look at records but if we can make history in this club we will.
“Let’s keep it going and we will try to win every game if we can. It’s not only about Chelsea, this league. This league is very difficult. Every game we try to win.
“Now our opponents will try to give everything because they want to be first. Now we are first and everyone wants to beat us.”
Hazard filled in as a makeshift striker against the Cherries with Diego Costa suspended and put in a man of the match display capped with his ninth goal of the season.
But he insists Costa does not have a new strike rival at Stamford Bridge, saying: “I played as a striker last year one time and this year couple of minutes, I know the position.
“But no, Diego is a striker. When he is on the pitch next game I will be on the side again.”