The agent representing former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue has denied reports that he has contracted HIV.

Eboue was on track to sign with Cyrpiot side Turk Ocagi Limasol, but the move was put on hold after Eboue failed a medical.

Reports in Turkey had claimed that he had failed because he had HIV, but Tekin Birinci—who acted as an intermediary in the deal taking the free agent to Cyprus—denied the rumors.

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He said:  “Eboue signed for a club and, as a normal procedure, we took him for a medical to check him out.

“They found abnormal blood values so they didn’t issue the licence and we took the decision to send him to England to have medical check-ups there.

“It’s wrong to say at this point he has HIV. Turkish news reports are wrong. I made it [Eboue’s situation] clear two days ago. Even if it will be true it shouldn’t be published like that.”

The Ivorian, who made over 200 appearances for Arsenal, has just returned from a year out of the game after he was suspended by FIFA for failing to settle a €1 million debt he owed to his former agent, Sebastien Boisseau.