Chelsea midfielder turns down lucrative Fenerbahce move

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has turned down a lucrative offer from Turkish giants Fenerbahce according to the Sun.

The report claims that the Nigerian international wants to remain at the club in the hope of renewing his current contract with the west London based outfit.

Galatasaray were also reported to have made a bid matching their Istanbul rival’s £110,000 per-week offer.

Mikel has just one-year remaining on his current contract but Chelsea have yet to offer him a new deal.

The Lions are however, facing difficulties with Financial Fair Play after being suspended from European competitions for a season due to failing to meet regulations.

Mikel has been closely linked with a move to Turkey in the past in fact Besiktas were on the verge of signing him last summer according to football agent Mesrun İzzet.

İzzet told Turkish sports radio station Radyospor that he had a mandate from Mikel’s agent to hold talks with Beşiktaş on behalf the Nigerian international.

“Mikel wanted to come to Turkey but Chelsea wanted a defensive midfielder as well. When they failed to sign Pogba Jose Mourinho decided to keep hold of his player,” İzzet told Radyospor.

Mikel fell out of favor under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho but has returned to the first team under Guus Hiddink and is hopeful he can keep his place in the side next season.

 

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