by ‘Ifreke Inyang
John Mikel Obi is reportedly not ready to quit Chelsea yet, because he is due to receive his British passport in October.
The Super Eagles midfielder’s close associate, told AfricanFootball that the 27-year-old could have considered one of the many offers he has gotten from clubs like Juventus and October, but that would jeopardize his chances of getting the document.
“Mikel will be a British citizen by October and that was one of the main considerations why he has opted to stay put at Chelsea at least for the time being,” he reportedly said.
“There are offers from clubs like Juventus, Galatasaray and Monaco, but he would rather get his passport before he considers any of them.”
Odion Ighodalo, Benedict Akwuegbu, Tijani Babangida and Bartholomew Ogbeche, are some of the Nigerian players that have benefited from Nigeria’s law permission for dual citizenship.
Mikel Obi, whose current deal with the Blues runs out in 2017, will consider a move away in January if he does not get enough playing time by then.