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Chelsea to offload Mikel




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The 29-year-oldmidfielder, who joinedfrom Lyn Oslo in 2006, hasnot been in a matchdaysquad this term.

He wasable to work underAntonio Conte for only aweek during pre-seasonbecause he was withNigeria at the Rio

Olympics.Since returning in lateAugust, Mikel has fallenbehind Nemanja Matic,NGolo Kante, NathanielChalobah and RubenLoftus-Cheek in thepecking order and is not a part of Contes plans.

Conte revealed that Mikel had been out with aminor injury in September but he has not beenrecalled since resuming training last month. Mikelwill be able to talk to foreign clubs in Januaryover a free transfer in the summer but he couldleave in the new year if a club make a bid. Thatwould bring the curtain down on a career atChelsea spanning 378 appearances.Mikel has won 10 major trophies at Chelsea,including two Premier League titles, the EuropaLeague and the biggest prize of all, theChampions League in 2012.

Marseille are considering making a move for himand there is also interest from clubs in theChinese Super League, Americas MLS and theMiddle East. Mikel is the latest big name set toleave Chelsea.They are listening to offers for Cesc Fabregas,while Branislav Ivanovic is also in the final yearof his deal and is not expecting a new one.

As Standard Sport revealed earlier in the week,Ivanovics priority is to join a club from thecapital. But AC Milan have added him to theirwish-list for a January transfer and will look tochange his mind.

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