Adebayor furious after Lyon move collapses

Controversial free agent Emmanuel Adebayor has hit out at Olympique Lyonnais after a deal which would have seen the Togolese striker sign for the Ligue 1 side collapsed.

Lyon have cited Adebayor's involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations next year and his ineligibility for the Champions league group stage as their reasons for withdrawing from the deal but the decision has left the 32-year-old fuming.

"They said that? That's nonsense. They came to me after we had qualified, so they knew I was going to play," Adebayor told L'Equipe.
"If they start looking for such excuses, they will kill themselves. I'm the captain of my country, so how could I not go? What if a Frenchman refused to play in the Euros?

"OL spoke to Claude Le Roy, my coach with Togo, and they didn't ask for special treatment. This was absolutely never a reason there was no deal.

"I found out [they had pulled out] on Saturday morning. Claude Le Roy told me he had seen it in L'Equipe. I called my agent who more or less confirmed it to me.

"Terms were agreed on Tuesday. Lyon wanted to send me a private jet to Lome [the capital of Togo].

"I couldn't leave the same evening because Lome is not Paris – there are not flights every 30 minutes. I had things to sort on Wednesday, too. So I arrived on Friday morning at 10:30 to speak to the coach. I thought it was just a medical then to sign.

"Even if I wasn't in the squad, I would've gone to Marseille to support the team and see how they play."

Adebayor has been a free agent since being released by Crystal Palace at the end of last season.