Nigerian international player, John Mikel is rumored to be in talks with a Brazilian club named Botafogo for a potential transfer deal for the next season. The former Chelsea man had initially terminated his contract with his Turkish club Trabzonspor due to the negligence of the Super Lig in stopping the spread of coronavirus in Turkey.
Mikel had advocated that the Turkish government should stop the play of football like their counterparts in other European countries like Spain, Italy, Germany, France and others who have stopped football to control the spread of the virus. However, the Turkish first division Super Lig has continued to play football behind closed doors despite the outbreak of coronavirus in the country.
The Nigerian skipper who felt things should not be done that way called out his club Trabzonspor on social media. He stated that the life of fans and footballers should be their utmost priority and not their ambition to win trophies. He explained that he also wants to win the league as much as the club wants it to, but in situations like this when the world I going through a turbulent moment, it is best that football is suspended.
Meanwhile, it seemed that the advocacy of the Nigerian star didn’t interest his club, he had his two-year contract terminated because he said what he felt was right and made his stand. Mikel left Turkey for England in the middle of this month during the heat of the deadly novel COVID-19 to join his family in the United Kingdom. The Nigerian star prioritizes the life himself and his family above his professional ambition.
Reasonably, he has been out of a club for a few weeks now before a new report emerged that he is now in talks with Brazilian club Botafogo. Reports revealed that the Brazilian club is looking forward to signing the Nigerian star as a potential replacement for Ivory coast star, Yaya Toure who has refused to sign a new deal with the club.