Johan Cruyff has opened up for the first time after last week’s news that the Dutch football legend had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

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cruyff cnAfter the news broke at the end of last week tributes have poured in for the former Ajax and Netherlands legend, with all Eredivisie games featuring a round of applause on 14 minutes, the players former shirt number. Cruyff’s ex-club Barcelona also showed their support by wearing t-shirts before kick off in their win over Eibar on Sunday.

Writing in his weekly De Telegraaf column Cruyff admitted the support he has gained has been “Emotional and heartwarming.”

Cruyff wrote, “Often the media are an additional tax, but the last week that has been different.”

“The way in which a reply is posted via a variety of media in my situation, was emotional and heartwarming. I am extremely proud of the appreciation shown by all responses. ”

On his condition, Cruyff added, “Meanwhile, we have to wait. It’s really annoying that it has been leaked so quickly, because the only thing I know now is that I have lung cancer. No more. Because the investigation is ongoing.”

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