Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel says he is ready to leave the club at the end of the season if he doesn’t receive assurances from the new manager.

Speaking to Goal, Mikel said he is open to the idea of both staying at Stamford Bridge and leaving the club come the end of the season, but only if he is going to be playing a key role in next season’s squad.

Mikel is the second longest-serving player in the current squad, behind only John Terry, after he joined the club way back in 2006 from Lyn.

Mikel said he will meet with the club at the end of the season to discuss what’s next for him:

I have one more season with Chelsea but I know when this season ends, we will definitely sit down and try to sort out whatever needs to be sorted out, if it means me leaving, fine. If it means me staying, then I have to play because one thing I don’t want to do is to sit on the bench like I did before.

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The midfielder, who has just been named the Nigerian captain, struggled to get regular game time under former manager, Jose Mourinho, but has been the linchpin of Chelsea’s midfielder under Guus Hiddink.

Hiddink has favoured the midfielder during his second spell at the club over Serbian, Nemanja Matic.