Mikel John Obi’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season after 10 years with Chelsea and we published a report this morning that Mikel won’t be offered a new contract when his current contract expires.
Cesc Fabregas is another Chelsea player whose Chelsea future is in doubt after falling down the pecking order at Chelsea since the arrival of Conte as manager.
When asked about the futures of both players at Chelsea, Antonio Conte today refused to confirm whether both players still have a future at Chelsea.
When asked by Standard Sport if Mikel is part of his plans, Conte said: “It’s normal in every squad that there are players who are towards the end of their contract and they and the club together take a decision on their futures.
“Mikel is working very well now. In the past he’s sometimes had some injuries. But now he’s working very hard, and I’m pleased with his work-rate.
“Have I spoken to him now? No. No. No, but I repeat, now it’s important to be focused on the championship in this period.
“We are in November. It’s important to be focused on the pitch. Then, we can focus on other situations in time.”
Conte also refused to rule out the possibility of Fabregas leaving Chelsea next year when he was asked about the future of Fabregas in Chelsea, throwing more doubt into the future of Fabregas at Chelsea.
“For now, we are at the start of November and it’s important to look at the present and build something in the present that’s important for the future. It’s too early to talk.
“Fabregas is Chelsea’s player and I’m very happy to have him in my squad. Now it’s important he recovers very well, finds the right form to come back with us, and stays with us and the team.”
With Conte refusing to completely rule out the exits of both players, we might see Fabregas and Mikel leave Chelsea next year.