Antonio Conte has made some phenomenal changes to Chelsea this season, but his arrival could spell the end of one of the club’s veteran midfielders in John Obi Mikel
The Nigerian central midfielder joined Chelsea in 2006, and has been a key player for them over the past decade. However, Mikel has not started a single game under new Blues manager Antonio Conte, and his West London chapter is set to end sooner rather than later.
The 29-year-old’s contract is set to expire in the summer of 2017, and he has previously been linked with a move to Ligue 1 outfit Olympique Marseille. It now looks like the move is almost a done deal.
Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has stated that Mikel is in advanced talks and is likely to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2017.
“I saw Obi Mikel in London,” Rohr told French Radio station Europe 1, according to Goal.
“He is in advanced discussions with Olympique Marseille.