Chelsea Latest: Mikel's future takes twist, Blues open contract talks with key star

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A round up of news stories and transfer rumours about Chelsea from the past 24 hours.

John Obi Mikel wants to stay and fight for his place at the club according to his agent. Mikel has been strongly linked with Inter Milan following the arrival of Nemanja Matic from Benfica last winter.

“As far as I know this is all speculation. Obviously, it is normal for clubs to show interest. But the player has not said he wants to leave, and the club have not said they want to let him go,” John Shittu told KickOff Nigeria.

The Telegraph has reported that the Blues have opened talks with John Terry over a new contract. The central defender’s current deal is due to expire at the end of the season and he could sign a one-year rolling deal to stay at Chelsea until he retires or Jose Mourinho feels he’s no longer good enough.

Samuel Eto’o says he’ll be working as hard as possible to be fit for the Champions League first leg against Paris Saint-Germain next week. The 33-year-old was forced off with a hamstring problem after scoring against Arsenal.

“I always dreamed of playing at Parc des Princes. Unfortunately, my injury may not allow me to be there,” he’s quoted by the Express.

Eto’o has also hit out at former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, suggesting that he was never a great player during his professional career.

“When he arrived, I reminded Guardiola that he'd never been a great player. I told him in no uncertain terms that Eto'o was the one who would make him win,” said the striker in an interview with BeIN Sports.

The Express has suggested Jose Mourinho is looking to offload Romelu Lukaku but not to a Premier League rival. The Belgian striker is valued at around £17 million according to reports with the boss thought to be open to a move abroad should the right offer come in.

Fredy Guarin has renewed his contract with Inter Milan, signalling an end to the speculation that he could move to Stamford Bridge. The Colombian’s new deal will expire in 2017.

“I am very happy that I have reached another dream. I will share this with my family, my team-mates and with the people I am closest to,” he told the Inter website.

The Blues face a battle against Tottenham Hotspur if the club’s interest in Sadio Mane is accurate. The £10 million rated Red Bull Salzburg star is believed to be on the radar of both clubs which could trigger a bidding war in the summer.

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