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Long-serving Chelsea star set for January exit

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel could leave for Turkish side Besiktas in January according to the Metro.

The 28-year-old Nigerian international is into his tenth season at Stamford Bridge but has seen his first-team chances restricted in recent campaigns.

Mikel is now little more than a bit-part player in Jose Mourinho’s set-up, making just one Premier League start this term, and could well be ready for a fresh challenge.

The likes of Nemanja Matic, Ramires and youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek are now ahead of Mikel in Mourinho’s pecking order.

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Besiktas failed with a summer move for Mikel but may feel more confident of sealing the deal when the transfer window re-opens.

Mikel has made 339 appearances for Chelsea, helping the club to two Premier League titles as well as Champions and Europa League crowns.

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