Madrid hail Adebayor as 'physical marvel'
Real Madrid's medical staff have described Emmanuel Adebayor as a "physical marvel" after the Manchester City striker completed his loan move to the Spanish capital. The Togolese international will be presented by his new club this afternoon.
Carlos Diez, the Spanish side's medical officer, suggested after conducting Adebayor's tests that the player was in such good condition -- despite finding himself frozen out by Roberto Mancini for much of the last two months -- that he would be at Jose Mourinho's disposal immediately.
"He is a physical marvel," said Diez. "All of the tests we have conducted, both cardiovascular and biomechanical, were perfect. He will be available for first-team action as soon as he is incorporated into the squad."
It is an auspicious start to Adebayor's spell in the Spanish capital, with the player conscious that he must impress if he is to convince Real to make his move permanent at the end of the season.
City, meanwhile, look set to have rather more trouble adding Shaun Wright-Phillips to the list of players who have departed Eastlands this month. As well as Adebayor -- who took a pay cut to ensure he could complete a temporary switch to the Bernabeu - Mancini has also succeeded in removing Roque Santa Cruz and Wayne Bridge from his squad, to Blackburn and West Ham respectively.
Wright-Phillips, too, is available for transfer, but City are yet to receive any offers, either of a loan or a permanent move, for the England international. The club would be happy to sell the player for £4m.
That raises the prospect of Wright-Phillips remaining at Eastlands despite being seen as surplus to requirements, even given the injury travails of the Italian forward Mario Balotelli.
The striker is currently receiving treatment on a knee injury and is not expected to return to full fitness in time to feature in the Manchester derby on Feb 12. He is due to return to Manchester a week tomorrow, when a final decision on whether he will require surgery is expected to be taken, but indications are that he will not be ready to return to action at Old Trafford. (© Daily Telegraph, London)