The agent of Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi, John Ola Shittu, has confirmed that there are interested parties willing to seal a transfer on his client, who has been frozen out of the team by new Italian manager Antonio Conte.

John Mikel Obi has just 6 months left on his contract, which expires in the summer of 2017, and is free to start talking to clubs as from January with a view to a transfer.

He has been linked with big spenders in the Chinese Super League, Shanghai SIPG, with the idea of reuniting with his former manager at Chelsea, André Villa Boas, a possibility amidst interest from former French champions Olympique Marseille in addition to the ‘undisclosed’ interested parties in Turkey and Spain.

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On the future of his client, John Ola Shittu said the following last week: “We have been having meetings with a few parties who are interested in him, once we are able to agree the way forward with Chelsea, then we will take it from there.”

“There are a few clubs in Europe and Asia, they are numerous and are interested in him because he is a quality player, aged only 29, and we just have to speak, so we will see. A lot of interest is there.

“There is no decision made yet and it is still 50/50 whether he will sign or leave. A lot can happen in the next months, never say never in football.” he concluded.

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