John Obi Mikel would love to see Guus Hiddink continue his work at Chelsea beyond the end of this season.
The Dutchman is a popular figure at Stamford Bridge and has only suffered two defeats during his two interim spells.
During his previous spell in 2009, fans and players implored Hiddink to make west London his home but the 69-year-old honoured his commitment with Russia.
He said: “I want him to stay but it's the choice of the owner and the club but if you speak to the players, 98 99 per cent of them want him to stay. We're very happy, performing well and long may it continue.
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“It depends on the board and Guus, if he wants to continue. I think he's said he's here until the end of the season and said that a few times.
“You never know, he might change his mind and if the club wants to appoint him, fair enough but his record speaks very highly of him.”
Hiddink is seen as a calming influence on the squad and Mikel admitted he had never seen the Dutchman lose his temper, before joking that he's managed to put Diego Costa into a good move.
He added: “I've never seen him get angry. When he gets upset he tries to clear the air straight away.
“He lets you know what you've done is wrong and the club is bigger than anyone. He doesn't hold grudges.
“He treats us like professional footballers. It takes a lot for Diego to be in a good mood but he is.”
He explained further: “I've always said from day one since Guus came in that the atmosphere has changed. The players feel more relaxed.
“People know what their job is and they get on with their job in a more relaxed way and in a way they can get on very well and make sure you do it in a way you feel more comfortable.
“The training ground is more relaxed. He gets on with his own and players feel very comfortable, they know what to do.
“He doesn't need to speak and we all know what he wants. On the pitch, we know what he demands from us.”
Mikel, who scored a rare goal in the 2-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain last week, failed to add to his tally against City.
When asked why he hadn't done so, with tongue firmly in cheek replied saying: “Not today. We've got five goals so that's enough.”
As Chelsea fans sing: “John Obi Mikel, he scores when he wants.”