Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel may quit his Turkish club Trabzonspor over family issues.
Reports were rife on Thursday that Mikel's Russian partner Olga Diyachenko does not like Turkey and has threatened their union.
With the 32-year-old signing a two-year contract with the option of another year at the club in July, he may just quit the deal for family sake.
“There’s a lot of expectation from the club with regards to Mikel,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Punch.
“And he is ready to play for the team despite the early pressure, but he wants his family around him, which he can’t do at the moment.”
Mikel, who has made four appearances since joining the club (two starts and two substitute appearances), is also unsettled following the decision of his partner, Olga Diyachenko, to stop visiting him in Turkey.
“Olga doesn’t like the city. She came visiting with the kids and they do not also like Turkey, which could now be a problem for Mikel,” the source further revealed.
Mikel, capped 89 times by Nigeria, helped the Eagles win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and captained the side to third place finish in 2019.