Chelsea outcast not looking for summer exit

Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel is not looking to leave Stamford Bridge to join Inter Milan this summer, according to his agent.

The Nigerian midfielder has featured frequently for the Blues since his controversial 2006 move to the club from Lyn in Norway, but this term he has struggled to hold down a first-team berth under Jose Mourinho.

His 21 league outings – very few of which have been for a full 90 minutes – have prompted speculation that he may be sold during the off-season, with Inter believed to be keen.

However, the 26-year-old’s agent, John Shittu, says that his client is not looking to leave, yet he did hint that there may have been contact with interested parties:

“As far as I know this is all speculation,” he is quoted by the Daily Star.

“Obviously, it is normal for clubs to show interest. But the player has not said he wants to leave, and the club have not said they want to let him go.

“There is always contact with various clubs here and there, but he still has three years left on the contract.”

Inter are rumoured to have made Mikel a top target as they plot for a big summer of activity following their recent takeover by Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir.