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Mikel wants Hiddink to stay on

22 February 2016, 20:27Israel Ojoko

London - Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel wants manager Guus Hiddink to continue as coach of the Stamford Bridge club after the summer.

Hiddink is set to be replaced at the end of the current English Premier League season after taking over from Jose Mourinho on the interim in December.

Hiddink has lost just one of his 14 matches in charge, and Mikel feels that Chelsea already have the right man in charge.

"Obviously I want him to stay, but it's the choice of the owner, the club and the board," Mikel said. "They will have to decide but if you ask the players, I think 98, 99 percent of them want him to stay. We're very happy, performing well and let's hope it continues,” he said on Eatsleepsport sport.

Also read: Hiddink confident Hazard will stay at Chelsea

"You can see it with Diego [Costa]. It takes a lot to get Diego in a good mood!

"It depends on the board. It depends on Guus too, whether he wants to continue. He's said a few times he's here until the end of the season but you never know. He might change his mind and if the club wants to appoint him, then fair enough. His record speaks very highly of him."

Mourinho’s approach of often publicly berating his players for the poor performances which resulted in his sacking was met with disapproval by many of them.

Towards the end, he described John Terry and Kurt Zouma’s defending against Leicester City as a ‘betrayal’ and he had a fractious relationship with Diego Costa, who launched a bib at him after he was left on the bench against Tottenham.

Costa has struck nine goals in 12 games since the Portuguese left, while he had only four in 24 before that.

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