Former Super Eagles’ captain, John Mikel Obi has finally confirmed that he has received a offer from Botafogo of Brazil, but added that he is still thinking about the deal that is bound to make him the third Nigerian national team player to star in the Samba Nation’s top-flight league, megasportsarena.com reports.
While a handful of other Nigerian played in Brazil’s lower divisions over the years, only two made it big in the South American country’s top-flight league, being Richard ‘Ricky’ Owubokiri and Victor Obinna Nsofor (For Real), but Mikel is undecided about accepting Botafogo’s bid.
The 32-year-old former Lyn Oslo of Norway, Chelsea and Middlesbrough of England, Tianjin Teda of China and Trabzonspor of Turkey midfielder, who is now a free agent after leaving his last club under a storm, confirmed strong interest from Botafogo, but stressed that he is yet to make a decision on the matter, as he is still contemplating a proposed move to Brazil.
Although he is now clubless, after ending his contract with Trabzonspor by mutual agreement last month, following his complaints about the Turkish Super Lig still going ahead then, in spite of the coronavirus pandemic, Mikel hinted that he is not in any hurry to get another team.
Rather than jump at Botafogo’s offer as heaven sent, Mikel, who left Chelsea in 2017, after a long stint that saw him win the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and English Premier League among other titles says he will not rush into any decision.
The Nigerian icon, who joined Trabzonspor last summer and made 27 appearances across all competitions for the Trabzon-based Super Lig side, hinted that he is not sure about what lies in store for him in Brazil, such that observers could conclude that uncertainty over his prospects in The Land of Samba could be reason behind his delayed decision over Botafogo’s proposal.
Mikel told ESPN: “Yes there has been interest, and yes there have been negotiations but I don’t know yet. I am still thinking about it. Not sure yet.”