By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
Turkish Super Lig leaders, Trabzonspor have terminated the contract of former Super Eagles skipper, John Obi Mikel.
This was confirmed in statement by Trabzonspor as the player’s contract was terminated by mutual consent. No reason was given for the contract termination as Mikel gave up his remaining wages with the current development.
Mikel joined the Turkish club as a free agent on a two-year deal last summer.
“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 statement read.
Last weekend, Mikel Obi criticised Turkish football authorities, for not suspending the Super Lig season despite the spread of the coronavirus across Europe.
The Nigerian then refused to come off the bench for their 1-1 draw with Istanbul Basaksehir.
Mikel began his career with Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Plateau United , before joining Norwegian club Lyn at the age of 17 in 2004. In 2006, he made a controversial transfer to English club Chelsea after Manchester United claimed they had already signed him. He stayed with Chelsea for 11 years, before moving to China with Tianjin TEDA in 2017. After two years in China, he returned to England on a short-term deal with
Middlesbrough , before joining Trabzonspor on a free transfer in July 2019. In a 14-year international career between 2005 and 2019, he played 88 times for Nigeria , scoring six goals.
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