Former Real Madrid star Edwin Congo has been arrested by police in relation to a cocaine trafficking ring in Spain.

The 43-year-old who is a retired Colombian international was detained by police in the Spanish capital and interrogated for an hour, before being allowed to return home in Madrid.

“I’m very calm,” he told sports show El Chiringuito, for which he works as a pundit.

“It’s not a comfortable situation, but I’m at home… relaxed. They asked me a series of questions and, at the end, I returned home.”

Congo, who signed for Real Madrid in 1999 but never played an official match for the club, revealed he may be needed again to help the police with their investigation at a future date.

“They told me to be ready for another call,” he said. “I’m free and I’m relaxed because I don’t traffic cocaine, I don’t have cocaine at home.

“The police said to me that I have to stay away from certain people who are no good for me. That I have to be aware of things and do them in a different way.”

Congo was one of 10 individuals detained by Spain’s Central Narcotics Brigade as part of their operation, according to Marca.

He now works as a pundit for El Chiringuito having moved into the TV studio after retiring.

Upon signing for Madrid from Once Caldas, Congo became the most-expensive Colombian footballer of all time, costing €5million (around £3.1m).

After stints on loan at Valladolid, Vitoria Guimaraes and Toulouse, Congo was signed by Levante, before representing several other Spanish clubs.

He also earned 17 caps for Colombia, and featured at the 1999 and 2004 Copa America tournaments.

His involvement with Madrid in recent years has stretched only to charity performances, though he did score in a benefit match aimed at tackling drug use in 2002

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