Nigerian midfielder, John Obi Mikel may become the captain of English Champions, Chelsea from next season as the club current captain, John Terry confirmed he will be leaving the team.
Among the current Chelsea squad with exception of John terry, Mikel has spent the most time at the club, this automatically put him in the race to succeed Terry. He joined Chelsea 2015.
Th Nigerian midfielder has suddenly become a very important player at the club, with interim manager, Guus Hiddink keeping faith with him to lead the midfield. Mikel is seemingly so important that he is kept out of the FA cup and Capital one cup games to keep him fit for the bigger competitions.
Meanwhile, John Terry will leave Chelsea at the end of the season, according to Daily Mail
Terry said the club would not be renewing his contract, bringing to an end his 18-year spell in west London.
Terry also revealed he will not join another Premier League club but will continue his career elsewhere.
The popular Blues captain said after his side’s emphatic 5-1 FA Cup fourth-round victory over MK Dons on Sunday: ‘To be honest, I was in last week before the Arsenal game and it’s not going to be extended. It’s my last run in the FA Cup so I want to make it a good one.
‘It’s a big season for me and I want to push on – not just in this competition but in the Premier League as well. I knew before the Arsenal game so mentally I’ve kind of accepted it. We just have to move on.’
Terry went on to explain: ‘They said that when the new manager comes in, things might change. It’s a no at the minute. I needed to know now like I have done every January and sometimes it takes a couple of months to get done.
‘Unfortunately it was a no. It’s not going to be a fairytale ending, I’m not going to retire at Chelsea. It’s going to be elsewhere which it took me a couple of days to get over.
‘But like I say, I knew before the Arsenal game and my performance isn’t going to change – the way I train, what I give for the club.
‘I want to give everything and finish on a high, on 100 per cent good terms with the club.’
On his and Chelsea’s future plans, the former England skipper added: ‘We spoke about my legacy and coming back to the club when I finish. The most important thing now is to get us up the league.
‘I didn’t feel as though I was playing great in the first four or five games of the season, like everyone in the team, and the performances showed that.
‘But since then myself and everyone else has picked up back to where we are. All I can do is keep my head down and plug on because it’ll be my last year at the club.
‘The club will move on. No player is ever bigger than the club. Ideally I would have loved to stay, but the club’s moving in a different direction.
‘No doubt they’ll sign one or two great centre-backs.
‘I want to come back as a Chelsea supporter in years to come with my kids and see the team doing great.
‘Unfortunately that’s not going to be with me, but I want to see the team do well. It’s going to be my last year and I want to go out at the top.’
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