Former Juventus midfielder Emre Can revealed he had thyroid cancer when he was playing for the Bianconeri and is ‘grateful’ to the Old Lady’s doctors. The Germany international joined Juve on a free transfer from Liverpool in 2018 before moving on to Borussia Dortmund after failing to secure a place in Max Allegri’s squad.
Speaking to DAZN, as quoted by Tuttosport, Can revealed the difficulties he had during his time in Turin and how it changed his life after Juve doctors detected the disease:
“I had thyroid cancer and I needed to undergo surgery urgently. This has changed a lot in my life. You can have a lot of money, you can have everything, but health is the most important thing.
It’s part of life and I suggest everyone undergo screenings, it doesn’t matter how healthy one thinks he is, if you find out about these things in time, you can act.
I am so grateful to Juventus doctors, they called me two months after my medicals with the club. I didn’t know what was going on, I didn’t even know what a thyroid was and I would never imagine I had cancer. The move to Turin was worthy, only just for this.”