Concerned John Obi Mikel leaves Trabzonspor

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The former Chelsea midfielder stated via Instagram that he did not feel comfortable continuing with the domestic season while other competitions in Europe were postponed due to the outbreak.



There have been 98 confirmed cases of the virus in Turkey.

"There is more to life than football," Mikel said. "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."

Trabzonspor has confirmed Mikel's contract, which was due to run until 31 May, 2021, was terminated by mutual consent.

The former Nigeria captain, who retired from international football after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, joined Trabzonspor last July after a short spell with Middlesbrough.

Matches in the top flight in Turkey have continued this week despite professional football being postponed across much of Europe.

England, France, Spain, Germany and Italy are among the nations to pause their domestic seasons, while UEFA has put the Champions League and Europa League on hold.

Euro 2020 and the Copa America have been pushed back to next year to allow a chance for the 2019-20 club calendar to be completed.

There have been close to 200,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide and more than 8,000 deaths.