Friday 23 February 2018

Emmanuel Adebayor drank 'a shot of whiskey' and smoked during transfer talks, says Lyon manager

Emmanuel Adebayor is without a club after being released by Crystal Palace
Emmanuel Adebayor is without a club after being released by Crystal Palace

Callum Davis

Emmanuel Adebayor drank and smoked during talks regarding a move to France, according to Lyon's manager.

The former Arsenal and Manchester City striker is a free agent after being released by Crystal Palace after just one season at the club.

Adebayor met with Lyon manager, Bruno Genesio, in France earlier this month to discuss the potential of a move to Ligue Un.

However Lyon pulled out of the deal leaving Adebayor perplexed and without a club for the season.

Now Bruno Genesio has revealed the deal feel through due to Adebayor's behaviour during talks.

“We had a place in our squad for Manu, so I arranged to meet him for a coffee in Lyon," said Genesio according to quotes in the Sun.

“But, to my surprise, when he arrived he asked for a shot of whisky in his coffee. He also had a cigarette hanging out of his mouth."

Adebayor had claimed Lyon pulled out of the deal after the Togo captain refused to pull out of playing in the African Cup of Nations in January 2017.

“Yesterday morning, Claude Le Roy, my Togo coach, told me that he had seen on television that I wasn't signing. I phoned my agent and he more or less confirmed it," said Adebayor.

“I had spoken to the coach. He asked me surprising questions. He wanted to know if I was married, had a child. But he only had to look on the internet.

"He asked me how I would speak to the young players at Lyon in case there were any problems, how I would see my role. It was like he didn't know me while we had already reached an agreement on a contract.

"For 15 years, I have been playing at the highest level, that I have worked with the best coaches in the world – Wenger, Mourinho, Deschamps, Mancini. He even asked me why it had not worked at Crystal Palace."

Adebayor was released by Crystal Palace after scoring just one goal in seven anonymous appearances for the club.

Fulham were understood to be keen on bringing the 32-year-old to Craven Cottage but failed to meet the striker's wage demands.

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