Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has hit back at stories linking him with a summer exit from the club by saying he intends to see out the final two years of his current deal, according to the Metro.
The long standing star has recently been tipped to join Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates (via Daily Telegraph) and Turkish club Fenerbahce (via Daily Star) after making just a handful of appearances for The Blues last term.
Having with the Premier League champions since 2006, he is now Chelsea’s second most long serving player behind captain John Terry, and he has stated that he doesn’t intend to cut his stay short anytime soon.
“I want to stay and the manager (Jose Mourinho) wants me to stay,” Mikel said “I’ve got two 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.”
The 28-year-old is currently with the team on their pre-season tour of the United States and could feature in the friendly with Paris Saint Germain in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday.
Mikel has picked up ten major honours during his time with The Blues, making a total of 339 appearances, scoring five goals.
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