John Mikel Obi’s dream of still playing for England made him reject an offer from a Russian club, Krylia Sovetov.
According to Championat.com, the former Nigerian defensive midfielder was previously contacted by Krylia Sovetov and offered a salary of $1.2 million per season but he rejected the offer.
Mikel who is a former Chelsea legend has a Russian partner, Olga Diyachenko, and the couple have two twin daughters.
BBC Sports reported at the weekend that The Potters are on the brink of confirming the signing of Mikel on a one-year deal.
In March, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner mutually terminated his contract with Trabzonspor and since then, he has been linked with possible moves to teams in Italy, Brazil and England.