Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been granted a sympathetic leave by the club to return to his native Togo, after the 31-year-old recently revealed that he had contemplated suicide following some personal problems with his family.
The former Arsenal striker recently revealed through a series of lengthy posts on social media that his family had always treated him badly even though he always tried to look out for them, and this resulted in him contemplating suicide on a number of occasions in the past.
"Many times I wanted to give up. Ask my sister Iyabo Adebayor how many times I have called and was ready to commit suicide. I kept these stories for years," Adebayor wrote in his latest Facebook post.
"But if I die, no one would know my story, no one would learn from it. Some people say I should keep these stories private, but someone has to sacrifice himself, someone has to talk about it."
These posts have drawn some serious concerns on his overall mental state, and due to this reason the Spurs have granted him leave on compassionate grounds so Adebayor, who will not be going on Tottenham's post-season tour to Malaysia and Sydney, can return to Togo and sort out his personal issues.
Although Tottenham are reportedly looking to offload Adebayor, who has one more year remaining on his current contract at White Hart Lane, this summer, they are currently believed to be concerned about the player's well being.
The Spurs will reportedly be deciding on Adebayor's future once the player returns to White Hart Lane (probably in pre-season training) after sorting out his personal issues.
Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood, who had a very good relationship with Adebayor when he was the manager of Tottenham last season, is reportedly interested in making a move for Adebayor this summer if Christian Benteke leaves Villa Park this season.
However, the striker will probably have to take a pay cut as Villa would not ne able to match his current wages believed to be around £100,000-a-week.