At the time of this writing, John Obi Mikel’s future still hasn’t been decided. The return of previous boss Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge might have come as an encouragement to the Nigerian captain, but the rumours of a move away have come thick and fast and it looks his future is away from West London.
A reunion with Blues legend Didier Drogba at Galatasaray has been reported heavily while big spenders in Ligue 1, Monaco, have also shown interest in the Nigerian.
After a series of unconvincing seasons operating as a holding midfielder in the Chelsea first XI, Mikel may need a move away to even begin to approach the promise he possessed as a youngster.
At the 2005 Youth World Cup, Mikel eclipsed talents such as Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Aguero and was second only to Leo Messi in the performance charts.
Recently, for Nigeria, he has shown, in glimpses, the majestic, offensive, creative talent that he has lying beneath the bumbling, lumbering exterior.
Stay or go, Mikel will have a point to prove.
Can he demonstrate to Mourinho that he can be the successor to Makelele that Jose has long been looking for, or would a move away allow Mikel to finally operate in an offensive berth, as he did as a teenager?