John Mikel Obi has opened up about his decision to cancel his contract with Turkish Super Lig club, Trabzonspor, midway through the season.
The former Super Eagles captain stated that deciding to part ways with the Turkish club was one of the toughest decisions he has ever made.
On Tuesday, the club announced that they had reached an agreement to terminate the contract of the former Chelsea player following the statement he made on the coronavirus pandemic.
The midfielder had posted on social media last week Saturday that he did not "feel comfortable" playing games while the world struggled to contain the virus.
He wrote: "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."
Mikel received support from fellow player and Galatasaray forward, Radamel Falcao, who said "you are right" and "life is more important than football" on the Instagram post.
It seems the former ex-Nigerian international took the matter up with the club and that led to them terminating his contract by mutual consent.
After his departure from the club was confirmed, the Nigerian who joined Trabzonspor in June 2019 on a two-year deal penned a farewell message to Trabzonspor fans, his ex-teammates at the Turkish club, the coaches, medical team and the kit manager for their love while he was with the team.
“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 the kit man 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 to take care of our families, spend time with them and protect them,” he wrote on his Instagram page.
Mikel played games in all competitions for Trabzonspor in his nine months with the club.