Mikel left Trabzonspor by mutual consent after falling out with club’s management over his comment on Instagram expressing his resentment at the failure Turkish Football Federation to call off the league on account of the coronavirus pandemic, a decision the body lastly too.
But before the severance and his relocation to UK to join his family, the ex-International said his children were in fear and were always calling him on phone to the point that he resulted to lying to them.
“I explained to the club that I needed to see and be with my kids. They were calling me every single morning, crying on the phone, wondering why their friends were not coming over for play dates, why they can’t touch anyone on the street. I didn’t feel happy every morning lying to my kids, making up stories to explain why in order to try not to make them panic (about COVID-19).
“I knew if I came home, they’d be relaxed because they’d then know daddy was home. I told the club, ‘OK, if that’s what you’re saying, I’m ready to give up my contract. To be with my family, to help the world to do the right thing — everybody needs to stay at home at this point in time,” the ex-Chelsea player told The Athletic.