Adebayor refusing to return to pre-season training at Manchester City

Emmanuel Adebayor has stated that he will train by himself instead of returning to Manchester City, as the former Arsenal striker has been omitted from the club’s pre-season tour to the United States.

The 27-year-old found himself out of favour with Roberto Mancini in 2010/11 and spent the second half of the season on loan at Real Madrid. Following the Spanish side’s decision not to take up a permanent deal for the attacker, the former Togo international has confirmed he has been summoned back to England in an impersonal e-mail.

“This is very hurtful and insulting and says a lot about Manchester City,” the African frontman told The Sun.

“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. I just received an email from Brian Marwood’s secretary, a lady at the club called Claire, telling me to report for training on July 9,” he continued.

However, whilst City’s first team has travelled across the Atlantic to start pre-season fixtures, Adebayor has maintained that he will not be training with the reserve side in their absence.

“When I spoke to the other players, I found out the first team was leaving for the pre-season tour of the USA on July 8. So it’s clear they don’t want me here but no one even called. Brian Marwood just got his secretary to send me an email. And I heard this was the same with at least six other players.

“But I can tell them this. I will not be turning up on July 9 to train with the reserves. No chance. I will train on my own,” he concluded.

The comments all but confirm a departure from Eastlands, with Tottenham, Paris St Germain and Zenit St Petersburg being linked with a move for him this summer.