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Mourinho Blocks Mikel’s Chelsea Exit Plan

Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi, will not leave the club this summer despite interest from clubs in the UAE, Turkey and China. The Nigeria international is looking to leave Chelsea in order to find regular first-team football, though manager Jose Mourinho is reported to have blocked his potential exit because the player remains a part of his plans. The 28-year-old has two years left on his current contract, but started only six league games last season, and is said to be unhappy with the current pecking order at Chelsea.

United Arab Emirates suitors Al Ain and Al Wahda, Turkish giants Fenerbahce and Chinese clubs have been monitoring the situation, but a source close to the talks told BBC Sport that, Chelsea are holding out for more money than any interested parties could cough up. The source said: “There’s absolutely no truth to reports linking Mikel with a move to Turkey or any Chinese club for that matter.

Only two clubs from the UAE showed strong interest last month but they could not meet his club’s valuation. “Mikel has a contract with Chelsea until 2017, as things stand he will not be leaving the club this transfer window as speculated.”

The Turkish club’s president Aziz Yildirim also told local media they cannot meet Chelsea’s valuation, in spite of the fact they’ve spent big money on Manchester United pair Nani and Robin van Persie over the last week   Yildirim said: “Chelsea want €15 million and Mikel asked for €5 million a season over four years. We are talking €35 million. This definitely is not something we can pursue.”

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