John Obi Mikel has claimed nearly the entire Chelsea squad want to see Guus Hiddink stay on as manager beyond the end of the season.
The Dutchman returned to Stamford Bridge in December following the sacking of Jose Mourinho and has overseen a dramatic change in the Blues’ on-field fortunes, losing just one of his 14 matches in charge.
Despite his good work, owner Roman Abramovich is looking to bring in a new manager this summer with Antonio Conte, Diego Simeone and Massimiliano Allegri featuring on the shortlist.
Mikel feels that Chelsea already have the right man in charge though, claiming the 69-year-old has brought the dressing room closer together and got the best out of the players.
“Obviously I want him to stay, but it’s the choice of the owner, the club and the board,” Mikel said. “They will have to decide but if you ask the players, I think 98, 99 percent of them want him to stay. We’re very happy, performing well and let’s hope it continues.
“You can see it with Diego [Costa]. It takes a lot to get Diego in a good mood!
“It depends on the board. It depends on Guus too, whether he wants to continue. He’s said a few times he’s here until the end of the season but you never know. He might change his mind and if the club wants to appoint him, then fair enough. His record speaks very highly of him.”