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Chelsea midfielder Mikel John Obi: I'm ready to talk to interested clubs

Mikel John Obi is prepared to leave Chelsea.

The midfielder is in the last 12 months of his contract at Stamford Bridge.

It means he would be able to discuss a free transfer with other clubs from January 1 2017.

Mikel told Goal: "I have one year left [on my contract].

"When you have a year left as a football player, you have to start planning and start thinking about what's going to happen at the end of the season.

"Yes, there are going to be rumours, yes, there are going to be conversations between clubs.

"When you have a year left, in January, you are allowed to talk to other clubs and sign a pre-contract or have an agreement so, yes, I will talk to other clubs because you never know what is going to happen.

"I've been here for a long, long time. I've spent 11 years of my life in this football club, it is my home. This season is the last at the club if my contract ends. I am quite relaxed about it, the future looks good.

"I am always open to a new conversation, a negotiation [with Chelsea].

"But if there's none, the future still looks bright. One day you have to move on."

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