Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has terminated his Trabzonspor contract by mutual consent over concerns that Turkey are continuing to play football, despite the worldwide coronavirus outbreak.
The Super Lig is one of the only sporting competitions in Europe that has not been cancelled, with games currently taking place without spectators.
The Turkish football authorities have gone to extraordinary lengths to keep the league running, with Galatasaray recently disinfecting their stadium ahead of the club’s derby against Besiktas on Sunday.
That game is part of a full contingent of fixtures this weekend as the league continues to play, despite evidence that COVID-19 is present in the country.
Mikel announced that he did not agree with matches still going ahead in a message posted on his Instagram account.
“There is more to life than football,” the 32-year-old said on Saturday.
“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.”
His departure from the club – that he only signed for in the summer – has now been confirmed, with Sky Sports reporting that Mikel has forfeited his right to any future payment from Trabzonspor as part of the deal.
The Nigerian’s former Chelsea teammates, Didier Drogba and Radamel Falcao both replied to the post in support.
Mikel spent ten-and-a-half seasons at Stamford Bridge, making close to 400 appearances in all competitions. During his Chelsea career the midfielder won a host of honours including two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the Champions League in 2012.
After an illustrious spell in west London, Mikel moved to Tianjin TEDA in the Chinese Super League. He then joined Middlesbrough on a short term deal in 2019, before making the short-lived move to Turkey.
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Woods, the sole occupant, was removed from the wreckage by firefighters and paramedics and taken to a local hospital for treatment , a statement said.
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FIFA Clears Eight Players For Super Eagles
FIFA has cleared eight new players for the Super Eagles.
Fulham’s forward Ademola Lookman is on top of the list.
Others on the list are:
* Jordan Torunarigha Hertha BSC
* Nathan Tella Southampton FC
* Tosin Adarabioyo Fulham FC
* Ovie Ejaria Reading FC
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Arsenal Complete Martin Odegaard Signing
By Agency Report
Arsenal have made an official statement to confirm that they have signed Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on loan. The 22-year-old Norwegian international has joined the Premier League heavyweights for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
Odegaard was touted for big things upon returning from his impressive loan spell at Real Sociedad, having been recalled from a two-year spell with La Real early, last summer. However, the 22-year-old has struggled to nail down his spot in Zinedine Zidane’s side, managing just nine outings in all competitions till date. His situation alerted Arsenal, who have quickly moved to sign him.
The interest from Arsenal makes a great deal of sense, seeing as they have lacked a genuine creative powerhouse in the squad this season. While Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka provided respite in recent weeks, the Gunners have still been in need of another out-and-out attacking playmaker, especially following the infamous departure of Mesut Ozil.
On his part, the young Norwegian was intent on temporarily leaving Real Madrid, which brought Arsenal on the verge of signing him this week. With Los Blancos unwilling to let him join Real Sociedad again, Arsenal became the favourites to sign him and have now secured his services. Upon his arrival, Mikel Arteta expressed his delight at having landed Odegaard.
The Arsenal boss said, “It’s great that we’ve secured Martin to come to us until the end of the season. Martin is of course a player that we all know very well and although still young, he has been playing at the top level for a while. Martin will provide us with quality offensive options and we’re all excited to be integrating him into our plans between now and May.”