Former Ivory Coast and Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue has been diagnosed with the deadly HIV virus, according to reports in Turkey. On Monday, reports went rife in Turkey that Emmanuel Eboue has contracted HIV. Emmanuel Eboue has had his transfer to Cypriot side Turk Ocagi Limasol put “on hold” after his medical revealed “abnormal blood values.” Tekin Birinci—who acted as an intermediary in the deal taking the free agent to Cyprus—confirmed Eboue is now being medically evaluated in England.
Birinci tweeted in September that Eboue had signed for Limasol. It’s claimed the virus was discovered as the former Galatasaray and Arsenal star was having a medical for Cypriot side Limassol. The HIV virus was detected in Ebuoe’s blood.
Arsenal picked up the loveable defender from Beveren in 2004, and after seven years at the club the African star moved to Galatasaray.
The only medal Eboue won at Arsenal was a UEFA Champions League runners-up award.
The Ivorian, who made over 200 appearances for Arsenal, has just returned from a year out of the game after he was suspended by FIFA for failing to settle a €1 million debt he owed to his former agent, Sebastien Boisseau.
During his ban, Eboue is said to have kept up his fitness in Hungary while waiting to join a new club.
Photo: Emmanuel Eboue Diagnosed With HIV
In an interview last December, Eboue revealed his ban from the game had taken its toll: “There are a lot of days when I don’t feel like getting out of bed. One day I wanted to kill myself. My family keep me strong, it’s them that I have to think about but if I was alone, I worry about what I’d have done to myself by now.”
His time at Galatasaray, however, was far more successful. The 34-year-old Ivory Coast international won three Super Lig titles, the Turkish Cup and two Super Cups with the Istanbul club.
In 2016 he joined Sunderland, but before he could play a match Eboue was slapped with a one-year FIFA ban for failing to pay a former agent.