Days after voicing his concerns about the Turkish Super Lig continuing despite the global fears of the coronavirus pandemic, former Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has left Turkish football giants Trabzonspor.
The former Nigerian captain took to social media to announce that he has left the Turkish side.
“There is more to life than football. I do not feel comfortable and do not want to play football in this situation,” said Mikel.
“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.”
With top Leagues such as the English Premier League (EPL), La Liga, Serie A and Bundesliga suspending matches until further notice, the Super Lig is one of a handful of Leagues around the world going ahead but behind closed doors.
Trabzonspor released a statement on Tuesday confirming that they have parted ways with the 32-year-old Nigerian by mutual consent.
“The professional football player agreement between our company and John Obi Mikel on 30.06.2019 start date 31.05.2021 has been mutually terminated. With a mutual termination agreement, the football player gave up all his forward-looking receivables,” the club announced.
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I would like to thank all the fans for their support. I also want to say thanks to all my teammates, technical crew, medical team and kit men Ayatabe 😉 🚬 for all we’ve achieved this season so far, wish you guys best of luck in winning the league🏆. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make, but in current situation we all need take care of our families, spend time with them and protect them. #lifefirst #stayhome #family
It has been reported by Turkish media that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country stand at 47.
By FARPost Reporter