Conte admits uncertainty over Mikel

Antonio Conte

Chelsea coach, Antonio Conte, has admitted he is in the dark over the contract situation of Nigeria skipper, Mikel Obi.

Mikel, 29, Chelsea’s longest-serving player in the current squad behind John Terry, is in the final year of his four-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

The midfield maestro who has spent 11 years at the club is yet to make an appearance this term prompting reports of an exit in the winter.

Conte says he’s had no time to discuss with the player over his contract situation and rather he is focused on the Premier League.

However, the former Juventus boss revealed that he’s been pleased with the Nigerian’s work ethics despite his recent injury setback.

“Now? Have I spoken to him now? No. No. No but, I repeat, now it’s important to be focused on the championship in this period,” the Italian told reporters on Friday.

“We are in November. It’s important to be focused on the pitch. Then, we can focus other situations in time. It’s normal in every squad, there are players who are towards the end of their contract, and they and the club together take a decision on their futures.”

“Mikel is working very well now. In the past he’s sometimes had some injuries but now he’s working very hard and I’m pleased with his work-rate.”

The 29-year-old is unlikely to feature once again this weekend when Chelsea face Everton in the league.