Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi considering Valencia move after talks over Spain switch on Christmas Day
- Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi held talks with Valencia on Christmas Day
- Sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch says he put forward proposal to player
- Mikel hasn’t played for Chelsea this season and is out of contract in the summer
Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi is mulling over a move to Valencia after holding Christmas Day talks with the Spanish club.
Mikel, 29, is an outcast at Stamford Bridge having failed to make an appearance this season and with his contract expiring in the summer.
The Nigeria international is free to talk to foreign clubs about a summer move and Chelsea allowed him to discuss a January exit with Valencia, who are believed to be offering a potential four-year deal.
Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has held talks with Valencia over a move to La Liga
Mikel poses with girlfriend Olga Diyachenko, around the time he held talks with Valencia
Valencia sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch has revealed he met with Mikel to put forward a proposal a little over a week ago.
But manager Cesare Prandelli’s decision to quit the Spanish club after just 10 games since that meeting could throw a spanner into the works.
‘In the case of Obi Mikel, with Chelsea’s permission, I met with him in London on Christmas Day,’ Pitarch told Spanish outlet Superdeporte.
‘I informed him of the option [of joining Valencia]. He said he would think about it.’
Prandelli left Valencia on Saturday after growing frustrated with their lack of ambition in the transfer market.
Mikel, a veteran of 11 season as Stamford Bridge since joining from Lyn Oslo in 2006, has also fielded interest from Marseille.
The defensive midfielder would have preferred to stay at Chelsea but accepts that he may have to move on, with Mikel placed some way down Antonio Conte’s pecking order.
The Italian manager signed N’Golo Kante this summer and Nathaniel Chalobah is also now ahead of Mikel in his thinking after returning from a series of loan spells.
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