Super Eagles skipper, John Obi Mikel has indicated he has spoken with Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte over his lack of playing time at the London club this season, stating that he will work his way back into his manager’s plans.
The Nigerian captain is down the perking order at Chelsea since the arrival of Conte, contesting with the likes of N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic. Mikel who led the Nigerian Olympic team to win bronze at the Rio Olympics is yet start a league game for the Blues this season, but maintains he still respects the club’s decisions.
“I hope I will get some playing time against West Ham [in the EFL Cup], but it is down to the manager,’ Mikel said.
“He has been open and honest with me. I respect him for that. He has explained the situation and I totally understand.
“When you have been at a club for a long time, these things happen where a club wants to move forward.
“I just have to be professional, work as hard as I can to try and get into the team. I just have to be professional, work as hard as I can to try and get into the team. I work twice as hard every day and it’s because I appreciate this club.
“I have been here a long time, have a lot of trophies and memories that will never go away. If I don’t get back in the side, I will respect it.
“I always respect the football club’s decision. The club is more important than me.’
With the Nigerian captain out of favour at Chelsea, do you think he should continue to fight for his place or move on to another club?