Antonio Conte says that neither he nor Chelsea have yet opened talks with John Obi Mikel to extend his contract beyond next summer.
The Blues boss has yet to speak with his midfielder, whose contract expires at the end of the season as he struggles to break into the first team under the Italian
Mikel is Chelsea’s second-longest-serving player after John Terry but will be permitted to talk to other clubs from January if he is not offered a new deal.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria captain has still yet to make a matchday squad for Conte this season after missing the end of pre-season and the start of the full campaign to play in the Olympics.
“Now? Have I spoken to him now? No. No. No but, I repeat, now it’s important to be focused on the championship in this period,” Conte told reporters.