Chelsea morning news: Mikel wants out and McEachran wants in

All the latest news and gossip from Stamford Bridge this morning.

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel is ready to quit Stamford Bridge in order to get guaranteed first-team football.

The Nigerian was already on the periphery of Jose Mourinho’s squad when the arrival of Serbian star Nemanja Matic made his chances of first-team football at the club very slim.

Now the 26-year-old, who still has three years left on his contract, is expected to try and engineer a move away from the club - with Turkish outfit Galatasaray said to be keen on giving him his wish.

Galatasaray were linked with a move for the player last summer and any deal would happen after the Super Eagles World Cup campaign.

Chelsea youngster Jos McEachran, once infamously compared to Liam Brady by Ray Wilkins, is hoping he will get a chance to replace Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge.

The starlet is currently on loan at Wigan Athletic - and despite his immense natural talent has struggled to cement a place in the Chelsea first-team.

The 21-year-old stated:

“Chelsea is a top club, so I'm not just going to walk into a team full of world-class players. I need to be patient, keep playing games and hopefully one day get my chance. I'm a Wigan player at the moment but I'm still contracted to Chelsea and have got another two-and-a-half years left. At the end of the day I want to play for Chelsea. I still think that's a realistic ambition."

Marco van Ginkel stepped up his recovery from a knee ligament injury last night - playing a full hour in the Under-21’s 1-0 win against Blackburn.

The summer signing from Vitesse has been out for the entire campaign with the problem - but there is hope he could make a fleeting appearance before the end of the season.

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