Why I don’t talk to my family anymore but I talk to my friends - Emmanuel Adebayor
Former Real Madrid, Arsenal and Manchester City forward Emmanuel Adebayor has revealed why he is no longer on talking terms with his family, but talks to his friends.
Recall that Adebayor in an emotional Facebook post in 2015 publicly revealed some of the personal issues with his family that have disrupted his career.
Now the Togolese striker has spoken exclusively to the BBC about the controversy.
He explained why he decided to cut communication with his family.
The 33-year-old however says he continues to cater for them despite the halt in communication.
“I don't talk to my family but I talk to my friends. Whenever they want to talk to me I'm ready to listen because I'm a good believer,” he said.
“My mother gave me the chance to be who I am today and I can never thank her enough for that. I respect her being there for me in a difficult moment but today I am Adebayor.
“We have done things and being through things so the issue is simple. They don't help me to do my job properly.
“They would never call you to say are you injured, are you ok? You would play a game, a couple of times I got injured during a game.
“They will never call me to see if I'm fine or anything. They only call when they need something, but they say blood is thicker than water.
“Care about me. Let me know about you too. Don’t just care about my finances. Don't just care about my account.
“But I am happy as I am. I'm always happy anyway, “ he told BBC in the interview.
Adebayor believes he could have sealed a permanent switch to Real Madrid in the summer of 2011 if not for a letter his late brother sent the Spanish club.
'People will say ''yes, you have to keep it for yourself''. I had 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 [saying] that they should not keep me.
'I'm not saying that's why they did not keep me, but it can be part of it. Even if it's 10 per cent, it is a lot.'