Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has told his captain, John Mikel Obi, to leave Chelsea.
The 29-year-old has not played a single game for the Blues, since he returned from the 2016 Olympics, where he won bronze with the Dream Team VI.
Rohr, who was in London to meet with Nike officials, says it is important for the midfielder to look for another club.
“He is moving come January transfer window. He cannot stay in a club he is not playing. So he has to move,” Rohr said.
Mikel Obi’s contract runs out in June 2017 and former Super Eagles handler, Samson Siasia, says he will surely leave Stamford Bridge next year.
“Mikel told me that he has made up his mind to leave Chelsea, and if he does not leave in January, he would leave in the summer,” Siasia told newsmen.
“He has excelled for both club and country, and does not deserve to just be a squad member at Chelsea. He should be playing regular football.”