Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has consulted with attorneys about formulating a case against Manchester City after being “banished” from the first team during their forthcoming trip to the U.S.
Adebayor, along with Craig Bellamy, Roque Santa Cruz, Shay Given, Wayne Bridge, Nedum Onouha and Michael Johnson have been left off the pre-season tour and asked to report to camp in England on July 9.
“This is very hurtful and insulting and says a lot about Manchester City. On the one hand they want to become the biggest, most successful club in the world, yet the people who run the club are not acting in that way at all. No one at City is man enough to speak to me face-to-face to explain,” remarked Adebayor.
The striker, who has three years left on his £175,000 a week contract has interest from teams such as Real Madrid and Tottenham, but Manchester City’s £14 million fee for obtaining him has left many of these teams out in the cold.
This seems like a great example of teams having a lot of money and buying pieces that they will never use just because they can. Adebayor leaves Arsenal, a team in which he could probably get first team football, to go to City when oodles of cash were presented in front of him. City then loans him out to Real Madrid, essientially paying for someone to rent out to other teams. You can’t fault the guy for grabbing a good deal when it comes up, but now he’s stuck in a situation where he clearly wants to start for someone, anyone and the team that pays him has a bit of a crowd at the striker position.
Maybe Adebayor wins out by sticking around though. With the recent stories concerning star Carlos Tevez wanting out of City maybe Adebayor gets the open spot. He would be good insurance for fun headcase Mario Balotelli and with some creative movement City can get both Balotelli and Adebayor playing up front along with “new transfer signing X” that City will most certainly obtain in the next month.
All in all though, it brings up a fun morality question: do you sit on the bench and make money or do you possibly accept less cash to get to play first team football?