Badou Ndiaye has sent his best wishes to Galatasaray manager Fatih Terim – after his former boss tested positive for coronavirus.
Ndiaye set Galatasaray on course to be crowned champions of Turkey under Terim in 2018 before joining Stoke for £14m, then returned on loan last season to help them retain the crown.
Now on loan at Trabzonspor, he has sent a message to Terim, aged 66, who confirmed on Twitter that he was fighting the virus.
Terim said: “According to the test results made today, my coronavirus result was positive.
“I’m in good hands at the hospital. Do not worry. About to communicate as soon as possible.”
Galatasaray’s official Twitter account replied: “What did we not achieve when we put it shoulder to shoulder! We are with you, teacher! Once again.”
And Ndiaye has written on Instagram: “Geçmiş olsun hocam – wish you a speedy recovery.”
The club’s vice-president Abdurrahim Albayrak, aged 65, has also contracted Covid-19, as well as his wife Sukran.
The Super Lig was the last of Europe’s major leagues to postpone play because of the pandemic, having continued with some fixtures behind closed doors up until mid-March.
Ndiaye’s Trabzonspor are on the cusp of their first title since the mid-1980s and sat top after a draw with Istanbul Basaksehir on March 15.
But the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) confirmed on Thursday that the four tiers of professional football in the nation would be suspended.
A TFF statement said the leagues will be postponed to a “later date” after “the works to be carried out in line with the developing conditions”.
Ndiaye is on loan at Trabzonspor until the end of the season, with the option to make the deal permanent.