£21m Chelsea star’s excellent form likely to force teammate to leave

Abu Diaby & John Obi Mikel

Nemanja Matic’s excellent displays since his return has limited the opportunities for teammate Jon Obi Mikel.

Chelsea’s £21m January transfer signing Nemanja Matic's terrific form has certainly justified Jose Moruinho’s decision to bring him back to the club.

The former Benfica midfielder learnt a lot during his time in Portugal, and his return to London prompted the Portuguese giant’s boss Jorge Jesus to label the midfielder the best in the world in his position.

Whilst that particular claim is debatable, what isn’t is the reasoning behind the Serbian’s transfer.

Despite making just eight Premier League starts this season, he has produced on average more tackles, interceptions and clearances combined than any other Chelsea midfielder.

His form has certainly gone down well in West London, however, for one man, it has come at a cost.

Jon Obi Mikel’s involvement within the first-team has dramatically decreased since January, and his only Premier League start since Matic’s return came in the disappointing 0-0 draw at home to West Ham United – a game in which the Nigerian international was replaced by Matic after an hour.

According to The Mirror, as a result of Mikel dropping down the pecking order, the 26.year-old is reportedly determined to leave the club in the summer.

Despite having three years remaining on his contract, it is said that Mikel’s frustrations at being left out by boss Jose Mourinho has left him with no alternative but to find a new club.

Turkish giants Galatasary have reportedly been linked in the past, though Mikel won’t be short of options as he is also likely to find interest from a number of Italian sides such as Milan, Inter Milan and perhaps Napoli.

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