Ex Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi has had his Trabzonspor contract terminated through mutual consent the club have confirmed. Mikel will not be paid compensation and has agreed to give up all forward-looking rights and receivables. The midfielder’s contract would have run until 2021 had he stayed on at Trabzonspor.
Mikel publically criticised the decision for Super Lig games to go ahead over the weekend amid the coronavirus outbreak. The 32-year-old posted a message on Instagram that he does not feel comfortable playing in the current climate. He tweeted: “There is more to life than football. I do not feel comfortable and don’t want to play football in this situation. Everyone should be home with their families and loved ones in this critical time. Season should be cancelled as the world is facing such turbulent times”. Trabzonspor did not respond to the statement but Mikel did not feature in the league game against Istanbul Basaksehir on Sunday. He was alleged to have refused to come off the bench in their 1-1 draw with Basaksehir. Mikel is expected to return to England with his family. The former Nigeria international’s family were raised in London during his 11 season spell at Chelsea. Mikel won every domestic title, the Champions League and Europa League at the Blues.