According to Standard, Antonio Conte is reluctant to keep the player and has not been featured in matches for a while.
Conte revealed that Mikel had been out with a minor injury in September but he has not been recalled since resuming training last month. Mikel will be able to talk to foreign clubs in January over a free transfer in the summer but he could leave in the new year if a club make a bid. That would bring the curtain down on a career at Chelsea spanning 378 appearances. Mikel has won 10 major trophies at Chelsea, including two Premier League titles, the Europa League and the biggest prize of all, the Champions League in 2012.