Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel says he is looking to stay at Stamford Bridge and fight for a place in the team and a new contract.
Mikel, 29, joined Chelsea back in 2006 from Norwegian side Lyn, and is set to make his 11th season with the Blues. The Nigerian international has denied all transfer rumors, saying that he wants to stay and fight for his place in the squad.
“I want to help the team fight for every point, every win and to win trophies. I also want to help the team qualify for the Champions League again as soon as possible,” Mikel said.
“For 10 years I have been going to the same training ground, the same locker room. It is an amazing club, with an amazing owner. They are like a family to me. It is a place that has become a part of me.”
Mikel’s contract expires at the end of the coming season, but he’s happy to stay on for longer and hopes that a good campaign can earn him a new deal.
“I have a year left and then we will see what happens. If I play well this season, it will help me earn a new contract,” Mikel said.
“I will give 120 percent every time I’m on the pitch or come off the bench. I will always give my best.”
Mikel has made 372 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, along with 75 caps for the Nigerian national team.