Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has said that he might make the move to MLS if he’s not offered a new deal from the Blues.
Mikel, 29, has spent the past 10 seasons with Chelsea, but is yet to feature for the team under new manager Antonio Conte. The Nigerian said he might move to the United States if he’s not offered a new contract by Chelsea at the end of the season. He also expressed his delight at Frank Lampard’s recent form for NYCFC.
“I am happy that [Lampard] is back to his best, doing what he loves to do and, one day, who knows, I may go over there and play against him, or play with him,” Mikel told Goal.
Mikel missed the preseason due to the Rio Olympics, where he captained the Nigerian team to a bronze medal.
“I know it is going to be difficult for me to get back into the team because I have missed the whole preseason,” Mikel said. “The manager obviously has his philosophy of the way he wants to play and I need time to get back into the way in the way he wants to do things.
“It will be difficult, but it is one challenge that I am looking forward to. Like everyone knows I don’t run away from a challenge. I have been at Chelsea for 11 years now, the first day I came I was fighting for my place and I am still fighting for my position. It is remarkable at the end of the day how you fight and you still end up coming out victorious and I will keep fighting for my position and hopefully I will get back into the team.”