Super Eagles and Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel has been listed among the five-players to leave the club this summer by manager Jose Mourinho, according to reports coming out of the Stamford Bridgedwellers.
The Portuguese coach has hinted throughout the season that he is unhappy with his current squad and that they are not ready to challenge for major honours, something which may be backed up as their recent dip in form has seen them drop out of the Champions League and the Premier League title race.
New signings upfront are likely to be a priority for the former Real Madrid boss, who will likely attempt to offer Fernando Torres to Atletico Madrid in a bid to land Diego Costa, while veteran forward Samuel Eto’o will also not be offered an extension on his one-year contract at Stamford Bridge.
“Ramires could also be a somewhat surprise name set for the chop by the 51-year-old, while backup player John Obi Mikel will also be sold as the Blues look to improve on their current midfield options.
“Elsewhere, David Luiz continues to attract strong interest from Barcelona, and Mourinho will not stand in the way of the Brazilian’s departure as he has shown he does not rate the player as a defender, often moving him into a midfield role this season, with John Terry and Gary Cahill the preferred partnership in central defence,” a club insider informed [football] direct news while stressing that Mourinho feels the changes are needed to establish Chelsea as a force again next season.