Emmanuel Adebayor of Togo fouled by Merveille Bope of DR Congo during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Togo and DR Congo at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 24 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Tuesday Jul 18, 2017. 12:00
Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor, who currently plays for Istanbul Basaksehir, has disclosed why he didn't sign a permanent deal with Real Madrid.
The 33-year-old spent the second round of the 2010/11 season on loan with Spanish giants Real on loan from English outfit Manchester City - with the former having an option to purchase him.
However, Real decided against keeping Adebayor despite the towering centre forward - having scored five times in 14 La Liga matches (six starts) for the European giants.
Adebayor, who announced his struggles with family members after via a lengthy Facebook post in 2015, has since revealed what his late brother did during his stint with Real.
"It is a tough one, it is a difficult one. Today, I think I made the right decision to go public because of what I have been through," Adebayor told BBC.
"People will say you have to keep it for yourself, but I have done everything to stay in Real Madrid, but because of my late brother I couldn’t stay there.
"He sent a letter, an official letter from Adebayor's family to the club that they shouldn't keep me," he added.
"I'm not saying that’s why they did not keep me, but it can be part of it. Even if it is 10%, it is a lot."
Adebayor netted six goals in 11 Turkish Super Lig games during the 2016/17 season - having joined Basaksehir midway through the campaign.