John Mikel Obi Midfielder ready to leave Chelsea in January

Conte has preferred the midfield partnership N'Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic leaving the Nigeria international out.

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Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has revealed that he is ready to leave the club in January after failing to make Antonio Conte’s team.

Mikel Obi has been out of the team since he returned from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where he played and won bronze for Nigeria in the football event.

Antonio Conte play Antonio Conte has not selected Mikel in any game since he became coach of Chelsea (AFP/File)

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Conte has preferred the midfielder partnership N'Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic leaving the Nigeria international out.

N'Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic play N'Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic have been Chelsea's preferred midfielder partnership (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

 

The lack of playing time is getting to Mikel who says he might leave Chelsea in January.

We will wait and see what happens in January,” the 29-year-old midfielder told ESPN.

For the first time in my career, this is happening to me and I have to stand up and deal with it.

It is what it is but I'm training hard every day and I always wish the team the best and I am happy we are doing well.

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John Mikel Obi play After 10 years at the club, John Mikel Obi is ready to leave Chelsea (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

 

I've been at Chelsea a long time. Managers come and go, players come and go. I've been at Chelsea a long time and these things happen in football. So we will have to make that decision when January comes.

Mikel is the second oldest serving Chelsea player in the club currently and has won two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, a Europe League trophy and a Champions League at the club.

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