John Obi Mikel In Talks With French Side Marseille After Chelsea Future In Doubt
Posted by Kieran Cross | Published on November 11, 2016
Chelsea’s Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel has had contact from French club Marseille over a possible move in January, according to Goal.
The holding midfielder who has been at Chelsea since 2006 has fallen down the pecking order at the Blues following the summer time arrival of N’Golo Kanté as well as a resurgence in the form of Nemanja Matic. Mikel has only featured a handful of times under new manager Antonio Conte and this foreign interest could signal the end of Mikel’s time in London.
Marseille, who recently underwent a massive financial takeover, have suffered numerous setbacks in recent history but remain one of the biggest clubs in France. Marseille could offer an attractive lifestyle in the famous south of France as well as the promise of first team football.
However, Mikel’s estimated wage of around £75,000 a week could prove to be difficult for the French side to afford considering the financial difficulties that the club has been through in recent times. Goal also report that Fenerbahçe are also monitoring the player’s situation.
In a previous interview with Goal, Mikel, who has one year left on his contract at Chelsea, said “When you have a year left as a football player, you have to start planning and start thinking about what’s going to happen at the end of the season. There are going to be rumors, yes, there are going to be conversations between clubs.”
He also claimed that if no contract offer was made by Chelsea before January he would begin looking for a new club: “When you have a year left, in January, you are allowed to talk to other clubs and sign a pre-contract or have an agreement so, yes, I will talk to other clubs. You never know what is going to happen.”