John Mikel Obi has said he intends to see out his contract with Chelsea.
The Nigeria international signed a contract extension with Chelsea in December 2012, which will keep him at the Premier League champions until 2017.
“I have two years left on my contract here and want to see them out,” Mikel said.
“Chelsea is like my family now. Every time I come to work it’s like coming in to see my family.
“I know the whole place, the staff, it is going to be a hard place to leave when my contract runs out and then we will see what happens.”
The 28-year-old had lucrative offers in the United Arab Emirates and was reportedly linked with a move to either of Turkish Giants Fenerbahce and Galatsaray this summer.
But manager Jose Mourinho has decided to keep the midfielder, who he signed from Norwegian outfit Lyn Oslo in 2006, stressing he remains a key part of his plans for the the west London outfit.
“I am happy here and we will see what happens. I do want to stay, the manager wants me to stay, so I don’t have any issues,” Mikel, who has won ten major titles since joining the Blues, clarified.
“The manager has told me he wants me to stay. He said that and I’m pretty happy to stay.
“This is going to be my tenth season at the club, next year it will be my 11th. I have been here so long due to the contracts I have signed and I like to be somewhere where I have developed friendships.”