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Mikel determined to stay at Chelsea despite exit rumours

24 July 2015, 18:48

Lagos - Nigeria international midfielder John Obi Mikel says he has no intention of leaving Chelsea this season, despite speculations linking him with a move away from the reigning premier league champions.

Mikel who is Chelsea's longest serving player after Captain John Terry, has been linked with a move to Fenerbache in Turkey and Al-Ain of the United Arab Emirates this summer, but the 28 year old insists he will see out the remaining two years of his contract with the Blues.

"I want to stay and the manager wants me to stay, I have two years here still and I am happy. I like to be somewhere where I have developed friends and family.

"It’s like family here and every day I come to work it is like coming in to see my family," He told the club website.

“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.”

Also read: Oliseh to recall Mikel for Tanzania

Speaking on their 4-2 preseason loss to New York Red Bulls, Mikel who played 45 minutes in the game rates it as a good warm up game despite the loss.

“Overall it was a pretty good warm-up game but not the result we hoped for, we are here to work hard, and we are here to train hard leading to the Community Shield and to the league.

"I think we’re on the right track. That game was just a once-off game and we know we need to go back to training, buckle up and know the season is starting soon.”

Mourinho’s side take on Paris St Germain in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday.

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