Manchester City plan to keep Emmanuel Adebayor despite striker’s Juventus wish

August 6th, 2010

Going nowhere: Emmanuel Adebayor will stay with Manchester City for the coming season Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Manchester City have confirmed, via Twitter, that Emmanuel Adebayor remains part of their plans for next season after handing him the No 9 shirt, despite the striker’s stated desire to join Juventus.

In a message on their official Twitter feed, Manchester City said: “Take it from us everyone, despite reports, MCFC has no plans to sell Emmanuel Adebayor; our new No 9 for this season – and that’s official.”

City need to trim their squad, even before they make further signings this summer, due to new Premier League rules that mean every club is limited to a squad of 25 players over the age of 21, with eight of those needing to be ‘home grown.’

It was thought Adebayor may be one of several big names to leave City as a result, especially after his public courting of Juventus.

“I wanted to wear the City shirt and have a better season compared to last year,” Adebayor told Italian media. “But I know there will not be many chances for me and so I am considering the many offers I have received.

“I will be sorry to leave the Premier League, but in Europe there are other top leagues. Juventus are a great club in which I would like to play for.

“Until some time ago I would not have accepted a transfer to other clubs. The economic aspect is important but if it was one of the biggest clubs in the world I would consider other aspects.”

Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, is still hopeful of securing the signing of Mario Balotelli, the 19-year-old Internazionale striker.

The club remain locked in negotiations for a deal to recruit Balotelli from the Italian and European champions, with both the size of the transfer fee, the detail of add-ons for performance and the player’s wage demands all proving problematic.

Even though Adebayor looks set to stay, other forwards currently at the club will be told to find alternative clubs. Craig Bellamy, Jo, Felipe Caicedo and Robinho are all candidates to move on.


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