Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi has snubbed what could have been a lucrative offer for him to end his career in United States of America, as the former Chelsea star is seeking bigger money elsewhere.
Although Mikel will be 32 in April, and is considered too old for a major deal in central Europe, footballlive.ng learnt he is still holding out for a huge pay day, which he felt the Major League Soccer (MLS) did not meet.
It was gathered further that Mikel’s hope for a big money contract in the twilight of his carer has also accounted for the inability of a sealed deal materializing for him at Fenerbahce of Turkey.
Though the Turkish Super Lig club were said to be very keen on signing the ace midfielder, they eventually pulled out of a deal due to his huge wage demand, which the club considered beyond their reach.
Apart from Mikel, Fenerbahce have also been linked with his Eagles’ pals, Odion Jude Ighalo and Victor Moses, as they aim to reignite the Nigerian tradition that saw them have Austin Okocha, Uche Okechukwu, Joseph Yobo and Emmanuel Emenike in the past.
However, though the Istanbul club held formal transfer talks with Mikel’s agent, after he terminated his contract with Tianjin Teda of China, the Turkish side were unable to match his wage demands.
Mikel, who cancelled his contract with Teda while still having a year to run before the agreement was due to end, has now been linked with a rival club in the Chinese Super League, Beijing Sinobo Guaon.