Former Super Eagles midfielder John Obi Mikel has departed Trabzonspor just days after criticising the Turkish football authorities for not suspending the season despite the spread of coronavirus.
The ex-Chelsea midfielder only joined the club as a free agent last summer, having signed a two-year deal, but has now parted ways with the Super Lig outfit by mutual consent.
According to DailyMail, Obi Mikel stated that he did not feel comfortable continuing to play during the pandemic, and will give up his remaining wages in order to become a free agent.
Mikel’s contract would have expired next year had he opted to remain in Turkey.
Last Saturday, the ex-Nigerian international hit out at the decision to allow the domestic season to continue despite action being halted across the continent in the wake of the ongoing health crisis.
His statement read: ‘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 at this critical time. The season should be cancelled as the world is facing such turbulent times.’
The comments came ahead of Trabzonsport’s clash with Istanbul Basaksehir, in which Mikel eventually failed to feature amid reports the 32-year-old will return home to his family in the UK.
With fixtures still being contested in the Super Lig, the Turkish government confirmed all football matches in the country will take place behind closed doors until the end of April.
But Mikel’s decision has resulted in criticism from some Trabzonspor supporters.