Chelsea Midfielder John Obi Mikel has said he is ready to leave Stamford Bridge after 10 years if he is not guaranteed regular football next season.
Mikel hardly featured under ex-boss Jose Mourinho before his exit in December but has been a key part of interim boss Guus Hiddink’s plans. And he has no plans to go back to being just a squad player under the Blues’ next manager, expected to be Antonio Conte.
Nigeria captain Mikel said: “I have one more season with Chelsea but I know when this season ends, we will definitely sit down and try to sort out whatever needs to be sorted out.
“If it means me leaving, fine. If it means me staying, then I have to play because one thing I don’t want to do is to sit on the bench like I did before.
“It’s not very nice, especially now when you have kids you just want to do what you can to play,” said the midfielder.
“Wherever it is I just want to play. When this season ends we will definitely sort out the contracts.
“Legacy is important and I’m very proud and happy that I’ve kept this legacy to be able to achieve what I have achieved.”