John Obi Mikel
Mikel. (Reuters) Reuters

John Obi Mikel's agent John Shittu has confirmed that there is interest from other clubs in the Chelsea midfielder, with recent reports in Italy claiming that Inter Milan are planning to make a bid to secure his services.

Mikel moved to Stamford Bridge from Lyn Oslo in 2007 after the Blues outmuscled Manchester United in a controversial deal.

However, Mikel has since failed to make a significant impact in west London and the Blues may consider cashing in on the 26-year-old midfielder to recoup some money for new players.

Nevertheless, asked by KickOff Nigeria about a possible move to Inter Milan in the summer, Mikel's agent said: "The player has not said he wants to leave and the club has not said they want him to go."

"As far as we are concerned, this is all speculation. Of course it is normal for clubs to show interest. There is always contact all the time from different clubs here and there, but he still has three years left on his contract."

Mikel was close to leaving Stamford Bridge in the summer to sign for Galatsaray, but he instead decided to stay at Chelsea and fight for a place in the starting line-up.

However, he has started just nine Premier League games this season and with the arrival of Nemanja Matic in January his chances of reclaiming a place in the line-up next season are slim.

Indeed, manager Jose Mourinho has often opted to play with centre-back David Luiz in the midfield rather than use Mikel, showing his lack of confidence in the Nigerian.

Furthermore, Marco Van Ginkel is expected to return to action soon after a long-term injury while Oriol Romeu may come back in the summer after a season-long loan at Valencia.