Aulas: Genesio said no to Adebayor

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas reveals it was the decision of manager Bruno Genesio and his technical staff not to sign Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

Adebayor is currently a free agent after being released by Crystal Palace at the end of last season, and was widely expected to join OL last week after he announced he would be travelling to France for what he assumed would be a medical.

However, with the Ligue 1 club having already signed teenage striker Jean-Philippe Mateta from Chateauroux, and concerns that Adebayor would not be available during the African Cup of Nations at the start of next year, as well as his ineligibility for the group stage of the Champions League, the deal fell through at the final hurdle.

The announcement infuriated the 32-year-old striker, who felt he had an agreement with Lyon, but Aulas insists that was never the case as they were looking into multiple options and it was ultimately down to Genesio and his staff to make the best decision for the club's future.

"Actually we had, after the injury to [Alexandre] Lacazette, identified a number of players," he told Canal Plus.

"Two players were approached. For Mateta there was [interest from] Juventus and other French clubs. Emmanuel Adebayor had agreed to come two days late. You could make a transfer on one hand and a big payday on the other.

"Bruno and his staff made the decision. We had released the funds. As always, it is the technical staff who makes the ultimate decision, we followed that decision."

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