John Obi Mikel insists he’s written his own chapter in Chelsea history after being frozen out of the Blues first-team.
The midfield enforcer has not played a single minute this season under Antonio Conte and looks to be heading for the exit.
But the Nigeria international doesn’t think he’ll be forgotten by the Blues faithful.
He told The Sun: “I have been part of the best years of this club. Chelsea had never won the Champions League before me. I played in the 2012 final and was man of the match. I’ve written my name in the history book of this football club.
“I’ve done it all but, as a player, I’m still hungry for more. I still want to help the club but, if it should end, then okay.”
“Players move on in life.
“For the first time in my career this is happening to me and I have to stand up and deal with it.”
Mikel says there was no encouragement from Chelsea for him to secure a move away from Stamford Bridge during the transfer window.
However, after 10 years at the club – during which he has claimed 11 trophies, including two Premier League titles and the Champions League – Mikel admits he could move on in January.
“There was no communication. The club didn’t tell me to leave or give me the green light to go – and then the transfer window ended,” he said.
“I only have one year left on my contract. But I don’t want to leave just like that. It’s good to leave when you finish your contract and you know your business is done.”
Since joining the club in 2006, Mikel has played 247 games for Chelsea.
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