Emmanuel Adebayor believes he could have sealed a permanent switch to Real Madrid in the summer of 2011 were it not for a letter penned by his late brother to the Spanish club.
The former Arsenal striker joined Madrid on loan from Manchester City in January that year, scoring five goals in 14 La Liga appearances under Jose Mourinho while helping the club lift the Copa del Rey.
But Madrid refused to take up an option to buy him that summer, and after being omitted from City's pre-season tour of the United States, he was loaned to Tottenham.
Former Premier League striker Emmanuel Adebayor says a letter affected his Real Madrid stay
Adebayor was loaned to Real Madrid from Manchester City in the second half of 2010-11
In 2015, Adebayor posted on social media about his personal problems with his family, revealing the financial burden of supporting them during a lengthy Facebook statement.
Two years on from that episode, the now Istanbul Basaksehir striker - who insists he 'sees life in a different way' - has revisited the controversy which brought the end of his time at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Adebayor, who has made an encouraging start at his current club with six goals in nine league appearances, says he did the right thing in going public on his inner turmoil - and the 33-year-old has disclosed more on his family affecting his career.
In an interview with the BBC this week, he said: 'It's a tough