Manager: Emmanuel Adebayor smoked and drank through transfer talks
By Alex Taylor
Former Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been accused of drinking and smoking during transfer talks with Lyon.
Adebayor, 32, was in negotiations with the French outfit after being released by Crystal Palace in June.
The Togo captain met with Lyon coach Bruno Genesio for talks, but the Ligue 1 club opted not to sign the forward.
“We had a place in our squad for Manu,” Genesio told The Sun. “So I arranged to meet him for a coffee in Lyon.
“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.
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“In short, the interview began badly. I had been ready to listen to him, as this was a guy who had played for Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid.
“But what followed confirmed my first impression that there was no room for him at our club.”
Adebayor developed himself into one of the most capable strikers in the Premier League during his time in England.
The forward bagged 62 goals in 143 matches with Arsenal before enjoying success with Spurs too.
He scored 42 goals and provided 20 assists at White Hart Lane before moving on in 2015 and is currently unattached.
Tottenham have since replaced the maverick centre-forward with young star Harry Kane and former AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen.
Kane won last season’s Golden Boot award in England’s top-flight and has already picked up two goals this season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side currently sit third in the Premier League after picking up 11 points from their opening five games.