Long-term Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has admitted that his future is up in the air and that he could leave the Premier League club in January.

The Nigeria international is out of contract at Stamford Bridge in the summer and has not featured for the Blues since the appointment of Antonio Conte.

The Italian trainer has preferred to partner N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic in the heart of his midfield, with Cesc Fabregas another option in the boiler room.

Mikel has been on Chelsea’s books since 2006 and has been through good and bad with the West London club.

However, with an expiring contract and limited opportunities to play in the Premier League, the African enforcer has confessed that he could well be on his way towards a new challenge.

“I will keep doing my best and ready for when called up upon. We will see what happens in January,” Mikel told BBC World Service Sport.

“I have never been a guy who made excuses in life, I never shy away from my responsibilities.

“I have to keep training hard and make sure I change the manager’s mind. I have been professional, I train and work everyday with the team and I hope one day I will get to play.

“I have written my name in the history of this football club and I have won loads of trophies. I have played close to 400 game and have no single regret.

“I still want to win more and help the team. Players move on in life but I am relaxed about January. I will speak to the club find the best solution.”

Chelsea face London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Saturday but Mikel is likely to be on the fringes of the first team and watch on as a virtual spectator.

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