Turkey president admits his disappointment with the departure of Mikel

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Former Chelsea star John Obi Mikel has departed Trabzonspor after criticising the Turkish football authorities over their failure to suspend the Turkish league despite the spread of coronavirus.

Mikel had claimed that the club was insensitive to the players’ plight in spite of the deadly virus and fell out with the club president Ahmet Agaoglu, after he called on the Turkish football authorities to postpone the Super Lig following the coronavirus pandemic. Agaoglu wanted the league to go on as Trabzonspor were topping the table.

Agaoglu had told Mikel to delete his social media post, which he refused, thus leading to a fallout.

Agaoglu has now revealed in a recent statement that he misses his former Nigerian international.

“The departure of every player in Trabzonspor makes me sad. I would like Obi Mikel to continue,” he told Turkish website 61saat.com.

“None of us have experience with coronavirus. You don’t know how people will react. When you look at history, you can see that such cases occur every 100 years. He came and found us! One of the most important factors is that Mikel wanted to go to is his family living in London.”

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