- John Mikel Obi has refused to extend his contract with Chelsea
- His agent reveals three Chinese clubs are battling for his signature
- Mikel tells Chelsea to wait till end of season before deciding his future
Super Eagles midfielder John Obi Mikel has refused to sign a contract extension with Chelsea amid interest from three Chinese clubs.
His agent, John Shittu, says the midfielder has told the club to wait till the summer before he makes a decision on his future.
Shittu said: “Chelsea approached him for an extension of his contract but he said after the season he will decide. “He has so many teams interested in him, almost three Chinese clubs want him.”
Since the arrival of the new manager Guus Hiddink, the Nigerian international has been a regular figure in the starting 11 of the team. Mikel has been able to break into last season’s regular partnership of Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas since Hiddink arrived.
The Olympic silver medalist will become a free agent in 2017 and the club is keen for him to sign a new deal but he has refused to talk till the end of the season. The 28-year-old is in his 10th season with Chelsea and promised to see out his contract before Mourinho was shown the door owing to his poor run of form.