Mikel content to stay with Chelsea

24 July 2015 22:26:34 GMTPlus11

Long-serving Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel is more than happy to stay at Stamford Bridge and says he remains firmly in the plans of boss Jose Mourinho.

The 28-year-old Nigeria international is set to bring up a decade with the Blues and is determined to play his part in the season to come, despite being heavily linked with a move away from London this summer.

I want to see out my two years.

John Obi Mikel

Mikel told his club's official website: "I want to stay and the manager wants me to stay. I've got two (more) years here and I'm happy.

"I like to be somewhere where I have developed friends and family. It's like my family here and every day I come to work it is like coming in to see my family.

"I know all the players and all the staff, so it's going to be a hard place to leave when my contract runs out, but let's see what happens. I want to see out my two years."

Mikel has made nearly 330 appearances in all competitions for the Blues since his arrival from Norwegian outfit Lyn Oslo in the summer of 2006, but last term he made a mere six starts in the Premier League as the Blues clinched the title.

Chelsea are available at 19.00 to retain their crown next season, while they are 2.50 to lift the FA Cup and 2.00 to triumph in the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Blues central defender Gary Cahill says his side are determined to mount a strong challenge in the Champions League next season, having been knocked out of the tournament in the last-16 by Paris St Germain.

He told reporters: "It's incredibly difficult to win the competition. If you're asking if we've got the calibre of players to do it, yes, but so have many, many other teams.

"It's something that we want to go further in this year, for sure. It's something that's important to us and the football club, but again it's so difficult to win."

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