Turkish Super Lig team Trabzonspor released their Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel, ending his deal on Tuesday.

The Black Sea club said on its website that 32-year-old midfielder Mikel’s contract was terminated by a “mutual consent”.

Trabzonspor didn’t cite any reason for contract termination but Mikel on Saturday said on social media that he refused to play football due to COVID-19 pandemic.

“There is more to life than football. I do not feel comfortable and don’t want to play football in this situation,” Mikel said on Saturday on Instagram.

“Everyone should be home with their families and loved ones

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