Former Real Madrid striker Emmanuel Adebayor believes the club would have made his loan deal permanent had it not been for his brother intervening.
Now at Turkish side Istanbul Basakhesir, the Togo striker netted eight times in 22 appearances for Los Blancos on loan from Manchester City in the second half of the 2011-12 campaign.
However, despite a respectable goal return his move to the Bernabeu was not made permanent as City would not sell him for less than €16m.
“I have done everything to stay in Real Madrid, but because of my late brother I couldn’t stay there,” Adebayor told BBC Sport.
“Because he sent a letter, an official letter from Adebayor’s family to the club [saying] that they shouldn’t keep me.
“I’m not saying that’s why they didn’t keep me, but it can be a part of it. Even if it is 10 percent, it is a lot.
“Today I am a different person, and my mother gave me the chance to be the person I am today, so I cannot thank her enough or respect her enough.
“But today I am Adebayor and I have to look after someone else. I do not talk to my family now, as they are not helping me to do my job properly.
“Whenever they call it is to ask for something. [They should] care about me, not just my finances. Blood is thicker than water, so why do you not care about me, just about my accounts?
“Today the issue is just hanging, but I am happy as I am, I am always happy anyway.”