Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says there is no news to report as regards the future of the club’s Nigerian midfielder Mikel John Obi.
Mikel has been frozen out of the Chelsea team as he has yet to make a competitive appearance for the side this season.
The Super Eagles midfielder has been linked with a January move away from the club with Olympique Marseille, Valencia and a club in the Chinese Super League mentioned among his suitors.
Conte, however, stated in his press conference on Tuesday that he had no concrete news about a possible transfer for the Nigeria national team captain.
“For now, we haven’t got any news about Mikel,” Conte said when he was asked if Mikel will leave the club this month.
Meanwhile, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has said he will hope Mikel Obi moves to another European club, but should he opt for China, it will not affect his place in the national team.
Rohr said he would want him to stay in Europe, but will respect his decision to take the cash in China and that will not shut him out of his team plans.
“I prefer Mikel stays in Europe and play in a European team,” Rohr said.
“When I was in London two weeks ago, we spoke about that. But Mikel is an experienced and intelligent player and he knows what to do.
“If he decides to choose the money of China, then we must respect that.
“If he goes to China and is playing well, he will come to the Super Eagles.”