Mikel Turns Down Turkish Clubs In Favour Of Chelsea

Mikel Turns Down Turkish Clubs In Favour Of Chelsea

Chelsea’s Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel has decided against two potential deals that were on the table for him concerning Turkish clubs due to the fact that he wishes to remain in the English Premier League with his London club.

The newly appointed Super Eagles captain was on the fringes of the Chelsea squad during the latter part of Jose Mourinho’s reign as coach, but has found his form and a place in the lineup under care-taker coach Guus Hiddink.

This turn of events has seen the Nigerian decide against deals that were available for transfers to top Turkish clubs.

According to a report in The Sun, Turkish giants Galatasaray were keen to attract Mikel to Istanbul with a potential wage offer of around $160,000-per-week, which was made in January.

The report suggests that rivals Fenerbahce were also looking to land the services of the veteran midfielder with a similar deal, and they may be willing to push for his signature in the transfer window which opens at the end of the current season.

Aside from the interest from Turkish clubs, the Nigeria captain was recently at the centre of transfer rumours concerning the potential for a move from Chelsea to a Chinese club, but that did not materialise, and it now looks as though he has chosen to remain in London for the foreseeable future.

New coach Antonio Conte will join Chelsea after the 2016 European Championships, as he is in charge of the Italian national team, and Mikel will need to impress the Italian tactician to remain an important player at Stamford Bridge.

Mikel has been a Chelsea player since joining the team as a youngster in 2006, and the 28-year-old could still contribute to the EPL side for many years to come, if given the chance.

He has earned over 60 caps for the Nigeria national team since his first matches representing the West Africans in 2005.