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The future of Super Eagles Captain Mikel Obi looks increasingly uncertain as new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is desperate to add a new defensive midfield option to the Blues line-up for next season.

The 29-year-old has survived a series of managers in his ten-year spell at the club but with the coming of Conte the end seems near for the former Lyn Oslo star.

Radja Nainggolan is Conte’s first choice but despite Chelsea’s willingness to pay £31.7m for his services, Roma are desperate to keep their priced asset and will hold crunch talks with the player immediately after the Euro 2016 in a bid to lure him out of a possible move to London and offer him a bumper new deal.

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According to reports gathered, Nemanja Matic who played a key role in Chelsea’s title win two seasons ago has requested for a move away from the club but instead of it coming as a goodnews for Mikel, it only adds to more worries as Conte is ready to activate the release clause on another target – N’Golo Kante of Leicester City.

The Italian is a self-confessed admirer of Chile’s Arturo Vidal because of his battling kind of play but Bayern Munich have made it clear that the player is not for sell at any price.

Mikel enjoyed a good run under Guus Hiddink in the second part of last season but that will not be enough to secure an automatic shirt for the Nigerian in Conte’s team. The search for the new Chelsea anchorman continues as Mikel’s situation remains uncertain.

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