Former France international David Ginola is recovering in hospital in Monaco after undergoing heart surgery, according to reports.
The 49-year-old, who retired in 2002, is reported to have had a quadruple heart bypass operation.
A tweet from his official account read: “Hello world, never slept better. I’m fine, just need to rest a bit.”
Ginola played his club football for Toulon, Paris St-Germain, Newcastle, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Everton.
He retired in May 2002 and has gone on to become a successful commentator with the BBC, BT Sport, Canal Plus and CNN.
Concerns about Ginola’s health were raised on Thursday following reports he had collapsed while attending a golf tournament in Mandelieu on the French Rivera.
According to his surgeon, who was quoted in local newspaper Var-Matin, Ginola had arrived at hospital in a “catastrophic state”.
“He was unconscious and did not remember anything, but it is going well,” said Professor Gilles Dreyfus of the Monaco Cardio-thoracic Centre.
“I have been able to talk to him. He does not show any neurological after-effects.”
Ginola began his football career in England in 1995, when Newcastle signed him from PSG for £2.5m.
A fans’ favourite at St James’ Park, he joined Tottenham in 1997, winning the 1999 League Cup with the Londoners.
That same season, he was named the PFA players’ player of the year and the Football Writers’ Association’s footballer of the year.