Former Cardiff City supervisor Neil Warnock has revealed his very particular relationship with Sol Bamba, as he despatched a message to the defender as he begins his battle with most cancers.
Cardiff introduced on Monday the Ivorian centre-back has been identified with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and is present process chemotherapy.
Outdated boss Warnock introduced Bamba to the Bluebirds in October 2016, having tried to signal him at earlier golf equipment, and the pair shaped a powerful bond throughout his spell in cost within the Welsh capital.
It’s a relationship that’s nonetheless going sturdy, with Warnock describing the 35-year-old – who he has beforehand hailed as ‘a greater defender than Virgil van Dijk’ – as ‘a part of the household’.
The veteran coach has already been in contact with the defender and revealed Bamba is ‘coping nicely within the circumstances’, and even shared a joke or two with him over the cellphone on Monday.
And Warnock joined the talkSPORT Breakfast on Tuesday to publicly ship his nicely needs to the star.
“I ship my greatest needs to Sol, completely,” mentioned the present Middlesbrough supervisor.
“I spoke to Sol, he’s at all times a part of the household, we’ve been by way of that a lot collectively. He’s performed so nicely for me, and never simply as a participant however as an individual, he’s a brilliant particular person.
“As a supervisor you will have relationships like that, and as I’m speaking to you now I’ve acquired goose pimples simply occupied with him, occupied with me and him having a struggle on the touchline at Ipswich once I was making an attempt to cease him getting despatched off!
“However imagine you me, there have been extra good instances than dangerous instances and we’ve had some actually good instances collectively.
“It simply reveals you ways we’ve acquired to know at each facet [of life] whereas we’re right here, as a result of it doesn’t matter who you might be, you’re not proof against something.
“He’s coping very nicely within the circumstances and he’s inundated with messages as you’ll be able to think about.
“I made him chuckle yesterday. My spouse Sharon has been by way of chemotherapy as nicely, so I advised him: ‘Pay attention, there may be some excellent news Sol. Sharon has acquired three or 4 wigs from when she went by way of chemo, and she or he’s ready to allow you to borrow them!’
“But when anybody goes to beat this, it’s Sol. he’s such a fighter when the instances are powerful.
“He’s not daft, he is aware of there are individuals worse off on the planet now and he’s going to struggle it like he has performed something put earlier than him.
“If anybody can come by way of it, it will be Sol with the willpower that he’s acquired. He’s acquired that in abundance.
“All of us want him nicely.”