The agent of Mikel John Obi has finally spoken about the situation of the Nigeria international midfielder at Chelsea.
Mikel who has yet to play competitively for Chelsea this season, has reportedly attracted interest from a slew of clubs including Manchester United, Besiktas and most recently, Valencia.
The midfielder’s agent, John Ola Shittu, revealed that Mikel has had conversations with the Chelsea manager about his future.
“Obi Mikel and Antonio (Conte) have been speaking.
“The manager, club and player have been talking. So I am not in a position to tell about what they have been speaking about, in the next few weeks things should be clearer.
“We have been having meeting with a few parties who are interested in him, once we are able to agree the way forward with Chelsea, then we will take it from there,” Shittu said.
Reports had claimed last week that former Chelsea manager, Andre Villas-Boas was keen to bring the Nigerian to his new Chinese Super League club, Shanghai SIPG.
Shittu confirmed that contact had been made over his client as regards a possible move away from Europe.
“There are a few clubs in Europe and Asia, they are numerous and are interested in him because he is a quality player, aged only 29, and we just have to speak, so we will see. A lot of interest is there.
“There is no decision made yet and it is still 50/50 whether he will sign or leave. A lot can happen in the next months, never say never in football.
“I am very busy because he is one of my players who we need to decide on what happens in the next window.
“Is there going to be a January opportunity? Our number one priority is to make the best decision on his future and that’s what we are trying to do.
“His (Mikel’s) future is very bright, so we are having meetings, here and there, and we have to work towards the January window.
“We have meetings with different clubs and we are very clear about the situation.
“We are just waiting for the window to open and we will go the best way forward for Obi Mikel,” he concluded.
Mikel, who has won 11 titles with Chelsea, last played competitively for the Blues six months ago.