Several months after ending his decade-long romance with Chelsea, Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel is still been missed.

Chelsea coach Atonio Conte on Friday at a press conference ahead of Sunday’s derby clash against Tottenham, said there is vacuum at the London club with the high profile exits of the likes of Mikel.

''We need time to work, to improve. I thought this season would be difficult, we lost a lot of strong players that built a strong bases,'' Conte stated.

''Terry, Mikel, Ivanovic, and now we need to find the right way to build and it’s right to know we must have patience to build for the future.''

Indeed, Chelsea are lacking squad depth at the moment, with several of their former stars either sold or loaned out.

Mikel recorded 381 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions before making a switch to Chinese club Tianjin Teda in January.

The Nigeria international was practically frustrated out by Conte who never gave him any playing time.

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