John Obi Mikel's decision to mutually terminate his contract at Trabzonspor has now been linked as a move to return to Chelsea as a coach.
Last week Mikel was forced to deny rumours that he was set for a return to Chelsea in a coaching capacity.
“To be honest, I have no idea where this story came from,” Mikel told Sabah. “I was surprised when I saw the news because neither me nor my club had a meeting with Chelsea about becoming a coach.
“Chelsea is, of course, my home, but the reports aren’t true.”
Even though the former Super Eagles captain has denied the rumours, fillers reaching GoalBall shows there’s more to Mikel quitting the Turkish Super Lig side.
No doubt, the ex-Nigeria captain has been vocal about his displeasure surrounding Turkish football continuing to play games – albeit behind closed doors – amid the coronavirus outbreak.
And on Tuesday night it was confirmed that he has made the ultimate sacrifice by leaving the club who currently sit top of the Turkish Super Lig table and with over a year left on his contract.
“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.”
Mikel then took to social media and explained his stance.
“There is more to life than football,” he wrote on Instagram. “I do not feel comfortable and do not want to play football in this situation.
“Everyone should be home with their families and loved ones in this critical time. The season should be cancelled as the world is facing such turbulent times.”
This prompted a big reaction from fellow footballers, most notably Chelsea legend Didier Drogba who responded to his former teammate with a classy Instagram message.
“Words of wisdom,” he wrote.
Only time will tell why Mikel truly quit playing for Trabzonspor.
This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago