- Premier League club Chelsea are missing John Obi Mikel
- The club's handler Antonio Conte said it will be difficult to find a replacement for him
- Mikel left Chelsea in January 2017 for a move to Tianjin Teda in China
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that it will be difficult for the Blues to find a replacement for Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel.
NAIJ.com can report that after spending ten years at Stamford Bridge, John Obi Mikel left the Blues in January 2017 for a move to Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda.
While speaking with pressmen ahead of Chelsea's tie against Tottenham on Saturday, April 22 2017 Conte stated that rebuilding the team following the departure of Mikel is a big task.
“My situation is different from Carlo Ancelotti’s first season at Chelsea as now we are building the foundations.
“It is not easy to find replacements for the likes of Ivanovic, Mikel and Terry. That is why I speak of building.” Conte explained
Mikel joined Chelsea in the year 2006, and won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League during his time with the Blues.