Galatasaray have offered Emmanuel Eboue a lifeline after the former Arsenal defender revealed he had contemplated suicide.
Eboue, who once slept in a palatial home and drove expensive cars, recently disclosed he is bankrupt. He played for Arsene Wenger’s side between 2004 and 2011.
Speaking to The Sunday Mirror, he said: “I want God to help me. Only he can help take these [suicidal] thoughts from my mind.
“It hurts me a lot [not to see his children]. They used to call me. But now, no contact. It pains me to be alone without them.”
On Monday, news broke that the Turkish giants said they would hand an academy coaching role to the 34-year-old.
Galatasaray boss Fatih Terim, who has taken over at the Istanbul club for the fourth time in his career, told CNN Turk that he would give the former Ivory Coast full-back the role of under-14 assistant coach at the club.
Terim said: ‘We heard news about Eboue in the dressing room, I was informed there, we will do whatever we can to help my friend.”
Reacting, Eboue said: “I would be very happy if Fatih gave me the duty in Galatasaray.
“Fatih Terim is my father, I love him very much, I do everything for him because I love him very much”. He was quoted saying.