John Obi Mikel's World Cup displays were overshadowed by another Chelsea man this summer, Kenneth Omeruo.
The young centre-back impressed against the likes of Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema despite Nigeria losing both those games to Argentina and France, performing credibly and winning plaudits.
The statistics from the France game back this up, winning five aerial duels, winning the ball back for his side five times and making seven clearances.
Jose Mourinho may however have alternative plans than bringing him back to Chelsea, with a loan back to Middlesbrough looking on the cards.
Manager Aitor Karanka, assistant to Mourinho at Real, has revealed talks are ongoing with the player and Chelsea, who are keen to send him out again.
He told the Teesside Evening Gazette: "I was speaking with the player, the player wants to join us; Middlesbrough is speaking with Chelsea and I don’t think we will have a problem with this.
“He wants to join us, Chelsea want him to come to us, I want him and for this reason I hope it is sorted as soon as possible.”
Omeruo's World Cup is now over, so there are fewer logistical obstacles to thrashing out an agreement, and although Jose Mourinho may want to get the defender in for some of the pre-season, Karanka will be keen to get him secured in time for Middlesbrough's preparations.
While the defender may be happy with the agreement as a Plan B if he is not required at Chelsea, whether it is best for Omeruo's development remains to be seen.
Chelsea have John Terry, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma for next season, and have already loaned Tomas Kalas to Koln. Loaning Omeruo could hint at Chelsea signing another centre-back, which in the long-term would be damaging for his prospects.
Then there is the fact Middlesbrough are 'only' a Championship club, and after successful showings at the World Cup, African Cup of Nations, Eredivisie and a spell in the division last year, there is a strong argument it is time for Omeruo to be playing Premier League football, if not with Chelsea then out on loan.
He may have earned that, but the Karanka factor is certainly likely to play on Mourinho's mind. The Chelsea boss may feel his former number two's input will offset any tutelage another Premier League boss can bring and make up for playing at a level lower.
There is however an alternative theory to suggest Omeruo could stay. The Star report that new signing Kurt Zouma could be loaned to Monaco, with Sunderland previously linked, with Mourinho equally unconvinced he is yet ready.
With Kalas already out, it's unlikely Chelsea will loan both Kalas and Omeruo as that will make three centre-backs out on loan and only two first team stars, with David Luiz sold.