John Obi Mikel has refused to rule out the possibility of playing in the Egyptian league.
The former Super Eagles captain is currently in between clubs having left Turkish side Trabzonspor in protest against the continuation of league football despite the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mikel, 33, enjoyed a trophy-laden decade at Chelsea where he won four league titles, the Champions League and Europa League.
He amassed 91 caps for the Super Eagles, calling it quits after leading the team to a third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
And despite being linked with a host of clubs in Europe and South America, Mikel is not against resuming his career in Africa.
“I never ruled anything out.” Mikel said told Egyptian channel OnTime Sports when pressed on the possibility of playing in the Egyptian league.
“My goal is to continue playing football, and I hope I will have the opportunity, I do not reject any offers made to me, but rather study them well and listen to them until I make the right decision.”
Should an unlikely move to Egypt materialise, Mikel would be the latest in a long list of Nigerians including former African Player of the Year Emmanuel Amuneke and current Al Ahly frontman Junior Ajayi that have played in the country.
Egyptian football is currently on break due to the coronavirus pandemic but the government announced a return to action in August with clubs allowed to begin training in July.
Al Ahly lead the standings with 49 points, sixteen more than closest rivals Arab Contractors SC, Pyramids FC are a point further behind in third while Zamalek are fourth.