Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel will be staying with the Blues for another season after having his sale blocked by manager Jose Mourinho, according to BBC Sport.
Two United Arab Emirates clubs, Al Ain and Al Wahda, were going for the midfielder. He was thought to be valued at £11m.
However, a source squashed the possibility of Mikel leaving Chelsea for another team.
“Only two clubs from the UAE showed strong interest last month but they could not meet his club’s valuation,” the source told BBC Sport.
The Nigerian international has two years remaining on his contract with the Blues.
He has spent nine years in Stamford Bridge while making 221 Premier League appearances.
However, his playing time diminished in the 2014-15 season as he only made six starts and 16 total appearances for Chelsea.
His role is expected to continue being minimal, as Ruben Loftus-Cheek rose up the midfield depth chart for the Blues in their 2014-15 championship season.
Fenerbahce have also been reported to be interested in striking a deal with Chelsea for the 28-year-old midfielder.
However, the Blues will only listen to an offer from them if they are willing to pay $16.8 million.
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