Aguero, Nadal and more: Twitter united in support for Tito Vilanova
Sergio Aguero, Rafael Benitez and Rafa Nadal offer their support to Tito Vilanova after Barça coach suffers a relapse of tumour
Tito Vilanova is to undergo surgery to remove a tumour on Thursday followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy over the next six weeks.
The 44-year-old, who replaced Pep Guardiola in the summer, underwent an operation to remove a cancerous tumour from his parotid gland, the largest human salivary gland, in November 2011 but has suffered a relapse.
The world of football immediately united in support of the Barça boss on Twitter.
Manchester City midfielder David Silva (@21LVA) leads the well-wishers: “All my support and best wishes to Tito and all of the people in the world fighting every day against cancer. Be strong #AnimoTito!”
Silva’s team-mate Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) adds: “We support you, #AnimoTito! We wish you the strength to overcome this moment.”
Liverpool star Nuri Şahin (@nurisahin05) offers encouragement: “All my support for Tito Vilanova. I hope he recovers soon!”
Sahin’s Reds colleague Suso (@suso30fernandez) hopes to see Vilanova back at Barcelona: “Courage to Tito Vilanova. I hope that the operation will be perfect and be back again with the team as soon as possible. Good luck.”
Former Barcelona striker Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) is thinking of the coach: “Very sorry to hear Tito Vilanova, the Barca coach, is undergoing surgery after a cancer relapse. Thoughts are with him.”
Tennis star and Real Madrid fan Rafael Nadal (@RafaelNadal): “All my strength and support to Tito Vilanova! We are all with you to overcome this new step. # ÀnimsTito”
Former Middlesbrough midfielder Gaizka Mendieta (@GaizkaMendieta6) is saddened by the news: “Very sorry to hear the news about Tito Vila. Thoughts are with him and his family. #AnimsTito”
City midfielder Javi Garcia (@javigarcia06) adds: “We hope your recovery my friend !! Good luck Tito #Animstito!”
AC Milan director Umberto Gandini (@UmbertoGandini) hopes Vilanova is the winner: “All the best to Tito Vilanova, wishing you another win over evil! #AnimsTito”
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez (@rafabenitezweb) posts via his website: “Our thoughts are with Tito Vilanova!”
Finally, Real Madrid legend Guti (@GUTY14HAZ) unties two rivals in support: “Here is all my support to Tito Vilanova because people’s health is above all. Animo”