After falling down the pecking order in the current Chelsea line up, it is only natural for John Obi Mikel to want a transfer out of the Stanford Bridge; but not just yet, as the BBC reports that Jose Mourinho has stepped in to block the player’s transfer move to Al Ain and Al Wahda.
Mourinho’s decision to block the move to any of the two clubs was based on the disparity in the player’s valuation; with Al Ain and Al Wahda offering the London club a fee believed to be below Chelsea’s £11 million valuation of the Nigerian international, who has spent 11 years at the club.
“There’s absolutely no truth to reports linking Mikel with a move to Turkey or any Chinese club for that matter, he will play for Chelsea next season” a source told the BBC.
Mikel was a subject of a prolonged transfer battle between Chelsea and Manchester United 11 years ago when he first burst into limelight. The Blues were forced to pay some huge transfer fee to settle their rift over the player’s transfer from United. He was rated as the second most valuable player in the FIFA Youth World Cup held in the Netherlands; second only to Lionel Messi of Argentina.
The 28-year old has gone ahead to win virtually every trophy there is in club football with the Blues, including the FA Cup, the Champions League, the EPL title, and a few others. He remains one of the most decorated and longest serving players in the current Chelsea squad.