Adebayor: I would return to City
Emmanuel Adebayor has confirmed he is willing to resurrect his Manchester City career.
The former Togo striker did not exactly hit it off with Blues boss Roberto Mancini and eventually left Eastlands for Real Madrid in January after making only eight English Premier League appearances this term, scoring just one goal.
Few expected the former Arsenal man to return - and that is still the case as Mancini looks to reinforce his squad ready for UEFA Champions League combat next term. However, it does not appear a permanent move to the Bernabeu is going to happen and given the vast salary Adebayor is on at City, it is not immediately obvious who else could afford him.
And the 27-year-old is wise enough not to start burning bridges that could take him back to Manchester, insisting he would be willing to engage in peace talks with Mancini later this summer. "The relationship broke off when we were playing Chelsea at home and he put me on for the last 15 or 30 seconds," Adebayor recalled in an interview with BBC's Football Focus.
"I wasn't forcing him to play me. I just wanted him to treat me with respect by not playing me for the last 15 seconds," he said. "From then it went bad. He was not talking to me anymore. But of course (there is a way back). Some people don't talk to their fathers for 10 or 15 years but one day you go back.
"If I have to go back we will talk about it like two grown men and solve the problem," he went on. "All I need is to be happy where I am playing football."
Whether Adebayor really would be happy as a bit-part player is open to doubt. Although his appearance against Chelsea was brief, he was actually introduced three minutes from the end of normal time in a very tight game City went on to win.
The discontent may go further back, to what Adebayor claims was being ordered back for duty in the aftermath of last year's CAF Africa Cup of Nations, when the Togo team coach was attacked by gunmen as it headed into Angola and three people were killed. "I went to the African Nations Cup and everyone knows what happened there," said Adebayor. "Then Mancini called me himself and told me to come back. I said: 'okay fine'. In the head it's always difficult to come back but I thought that I had to play football again so I jumped on the first plane to Manchester."
The relationship was never the same after that, meaning Adebayor will be nothing more than an interested observer as City try to end their 35-year trophy drought by beating Stoke in Saturday's FA Cup final. "A part of me is, yes," said Adebayor, when asked if he was sad how things had turned out. "I want to be part of this club. I want to be part of the team that creates history.
"But unfortunately I am not going to be there," he added. "Who knows what will happen next year. Maybe next year with me, we are going to win the league or the Champions League. I wish them the best of luck for Saturday. I will be there with them in spirit. If they win and if there is a party trust me I will be there if I have the day off because I am part of the club."