Mikel John Obi won’t have any hard feelings toward Chelsea should this be his last season at Stamford Bridge.
The club are reportedly planning to tell the 29-year-old that he won’t be offered an extension to his current deal, which expires next summer.
The Nigeria international has won 10 major trophies in as many years at the Blues, but has not made a single appearance under new coach Antonio Conte this term.
A source close to Mikel contacted Standard Sport this afternoon and made it clear that the 29-year-old is not letting the current situation negatively effect him or his relationship with the club.
The source said: “Mikel hasn’t been able to contribute as much as he would have liked this season – he missed the start of the season winning Bronze at the Rio Olympics with Nigeria, then suffered from a few injuries.
“But he remains fully committed to Chelsea and is working hard to get back in the team.
“He’s won everything there is to win at Chelsea, and if he isn’t to be offered a new deal he’ll hold his head up high with everything he’s achieved at the club.”
Mikel has made 378 appearances for the Blues and was part of the side that won the Premier League in 2010 and 2015, as well as the Champions League in 2012.
By Simon Johnson, this article was first published in the Evening Standard