Nigeria midfielder Mikel Obi is set to stay at Chelsea for the 2015/2016 season after declaring that manager Jose Mourinho wants him at Stamford Bridge.
The 28-year-old has been at Chelsea since 2006 but has slipped down the pecking order in recent seasons and been rumoured to be on his way out.
He was recently linked with a move to the Middle East and to Fenerbahce after a reported £10m bid.
But Mikel insists he doesn’t have plans to go anywhere.
“The manager has told me he wants me to stay,” Mikel was quoted as daying in the Mirror on Friday. “He said that and I’m pretty happy to stay.
“I have two years left on my contract here and want to see them out. I am happy here and we will see what happens. I do want to stay, the manager wants me to stay so I don’t have any issues.
“This is going to be my tenth season at the club, next year it will be my 11th. I have been here so long due to the contracts I have signed and I like to be somewhere where I have developed friendships.”