Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has insisted that his future lies at Stamford Bridge as rumours of an exit persist.
However, the Nigeria international has no intention of quitting the club he joined nine years ago and has gone as far as to claim that Blues boss Jose Mourinho wants him to remain with the Premier League champions.
“I want to stay and the manager wants me to stay,” he said.
“I’ve got two years [on my contract] here and I’m happy.
“I like to be somewhere where I have developed friends and family. It’s like my family here and every day I come to work it is like coming in to see my family.
“I know all the players and all the staff so it’s going to be a hard place to leave when my contract runs out but let’s see what happens.
“I want to see out my two years.”
Mikel joined Chelsea from Norwegian minnows Lyn in 2006 after considerable controversy involving a proposed move to Manchester United breaking down. He has made more than 300 appearances in all competitions for the Blues, scoring five goals. He has been a Premier League champion twice during his time at the club, and has lifted the FA Cup four times. The Nigerian was also victorious with his country at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.