Mikel disclosed that Trabzonspor president, Ahmet Agaoglu, instructed him to take down his comments on Instagram crucifying the Turkish football authorities for not suspending the season despite the spread of corona virus globally.

Mikel departed Trabzonspor by mutual consent nine months after he joined the club on Tuesday as he felt the Turkish FA was becoming unreasonable over their handling of the pandemic outbreak.

In an interview with The Athletic, Mikel, who has since returned to London with his family, vowed not to return to Turkey again after he gave up his contract.

“They were really upset about the whole thing,” Mikel told The Athletic. “I was told to meet with the president (Agaoglu) in his office one-on-one. He (Agaoglu) asked me to take it down (the Instagram post).

“I told him I wasn’t going to do that. It’s my opinion. This is how I feel. We live in a free world. I have freedom of speech. I can express my opinion.