The Super Eagles captain, Mikel John Obi, has said that he will ‘definitely’ stay at Chelsea for the 2016/2017 season.
The Mikel who will be representing Nigeria at this year’s Olympic Games, says he is determined to prove himself under new manager, Antonio Conte, and earn a new deal.
“I am definitely staying at Chelsea and I will try to give my best to the club, like I have always done,” Mikel told Evening Standard.
“I want to help the team fight for every point, win trophies. I also want to help the team qualify for the CL again.
“For 10 years I have been going to the same training ground and locker room. It is an amazing club, with an amazing owner.
“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.
“I will give 120 per cent every time I’m on the pitch or come off the bench. I will always give my best.
“If Chelsea want to talk, we’ll talk. If I have to move on there will be plenty of clubs out there where I can continue.
“It will be but these things happen. You have to move on one day. My happy memories of Chelsea will never go away.”
He also thanked the Stamford Bridge for allowing him go to Brazil, after Samson Siasia selected him as one of the over-aged players in his squad.
“I explained to the club why I wanted to go [to the Olympics] and I thank them for their understanding,” he said.
“The coach also gave me his blessing. He told me to make sure I do well and bring back the gold medal!
“Obviously, it is hard to be away because I want to impress the new coach. It’s a risk I have taken but I stand by that.
“Chelsea are like a family to me. It is a place that has become a part of me.”