NEW CHELSEA CONTRACT FOR MIKEL

John Obi Mikel has signed a new contract with Chelsea and will now remain at the club until 2014.

The Nigerian international has already made nearly 100 appearances for the Blues and has helped the club win the League Cup and FA Cup twice.

There had been talk that the player hasn’t been enjoying the tactics of new manager Carlo Ancelotti who has been employing a 4-4-2 formation as opposed to the more fluid set-ups preferred by many of his predecessors.

However, when speaking to the club web site, Mike seemed delighted to have extended his stay at Stamford Bridge saying:

mikel signs new chelsea deal It was easy to commit to because I am happy here and when the opportunity came it was good to sign after speaking to the club.

My future with the new manager will be bright and I think we have a good working relationship already.

All the managers I have played for here have their own type of systems they want us to play, and whoever comes in will want to change little bits and pieces.

There is not much to change but they all bring in different views, and the new manager wants us to play in a certain formation which we need to get used to before the season starts.

The new formation doesn’t make too much difference to me in defensive midfield, but perhaps it is a little harder as I have to cover more ground for the team, but I feel I am up to the task and I am sure I can do it.