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12 January 2021 16:32

Game of Thrones David Benioff D. B. Weiss

Get the latest Boro stories straight to your inbox with our daily newsletter Enter your email Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Neil Warnock has backed his "determined" close friend Sol Bamba to win his battle with cancer. It was announced by Cardiff City on Monday night that Bamba had recently been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and has started chemotherapy treatment. Warnock and Bamba are extremely close, with the now-Boro manager having signed the defender for Cardiff, where the pair built a strong friendship. Last year, Bamba told Teesside Live about his "great relationship" with Warnock, who he is still in regular contact with. Warnock has spoken to Bamba since the diagnosis and is backing the positive Ivorian to beat the cancer.

Neil Warnock's message of support for Cardiff City's Sol Bamba after cancer diagnosis

Appearing as a guest on talkSPORT on Tuesday morning, Warnock said: "I spoke to Sol. He's almost part of the family. "It just shows you how we've got to grasp at every aspect of life while we're here, because it doesn't matter who you are, you're not immune to anything. "He's coping very, very well in the circumstances. He's inundated with messages, as you can imagine. (Image: Getty Images) "I made him laugh yesterday. Obviously Sharon's (Warnock's wife) been through chemotherapy as well, so I told him 'listen, there is some good news, Sol. At the end of the day, Sharon got three or four wigs when she had chemotherapy, and she's prepared to let you borrow them!' "But listen, if anyone can overcome this, it's Sol. He's such a fighter and we all wish him well." Bamba was a free agent when he left Leeds in 2016, but Warnock told him not to sign for anyone and to wait until he got a job. When the experienced manager joined Cardiff later that year, he immediately moved for Bamba, who was a key figure as the Bluebirds went on to win Championship promotion. Warnock says: "I just think, as a manager, you have relationships. "As I'm talking to you I've got goosepimples thinking about him and me. "I think about him and me having a fight at Ipswich on the touchline, with me trying to stop him getting sent off. "But believe you me, there were more good times than bad times, and we've had some really good times. "Everybody wrote Sol off before I signed him originally, and he's done so well for me. Not just as a player, but as a person. "He's a super person, and that's the thing to come out of this. "He's not daft, he knows there are people worse off in the world now, and he's going to fight it like he has done everything that's been put before him. "But like I said, if anybody can come through it, it'll be Sol, with the determination he's got. He's got that in abundance."