Nigeria and Chelsea FC midfielder, John Mikel Obi, is believed to have turn down moves to have him join one of Turkish sides, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, in January winter transfer.
According to UK’s The Sun, Galatasaray had offered the Super Eagles player around £110,000 per week to leave Stamford Bridge as they look to pull the rug off the feet of their Turkish rivals in the race to land Mikel.
If Mikel had accepted that offer, he would have pocketed around £5.7 million in a year.
The 29-year-old instead decided to remain at Chelsea to play himself back to reckoning after initially sitting out in the early periods of the season when Jose Mourinho was in charge.
The arrival of Guus Hiddink after Mourinho’s sack has led to the Nigerian enjoying a healthy spell of first-team football, and he has 22 league appearances for the Blues this season.
However, Mikel’s contract at Stamford Bridge runs out in 2017 though the player is reportedly hoping for an extension that will keep him in London after his 10-year stay with the Blues.
All of that will probably be sorted out in the summer when Italian, Antonio Conte, takes charge as manager at Chelsea.
Mikel had a decent outing in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge last night to end the Premiership ambition of the men from Northern part of the famous city.