Date: 29th June 2008 at 10:53am
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Emmanuel Adebayor, a player so humble and aware of his tough upbringing that he plays just for the love of playing, has shattered my faith in football.

If quotes attributed to Adebayor are true, a player who claimed to love the club, and especially the fans, has disrespected the manager who put all his faith in him and has done a huge dump on the fooball club I adore.

When you read redtop articles that claim Adebayor is demanding this and demanding that, you dismissed them instantly as inflammatory bullshit, but it appears they are right (though the amounts of cash in question are probably made up).

In an interview that made me sad rather than angry, Adebayor says if his demands aren’t met, he is off.

‘Milan are a big club but the fact they are not playing in the Champions League next season is less of a challenge,’ Adebayor said

‘Barcelona have made a good financial offer and there is also the chance to play alongside great players. Yes, I am still under contract to Arsenal but it’s up to the directors to satisfy my demands or I’ll leave.’

‘If my good form of last season has increased my value, my employers have to take account of that. I have to prepare for my retirement. Even if you are not scoring fine goals and you have money, you can enjoy a happy retirement.’

‘The time for preparing for that moment is now.’

‘People ask if I am asking for the same salary as Henry. That is not necessarily the question. But I am being considered a worthy replacement for Henry while not deserving his salary.

‘The question lies on this level.’

Does Ade think that Henry was automatically on £90,000 per week? Does he think that one decent season in which Arsenal won nothing is anyway comparable to what the Arsenal LEGEND achieved with the Gunners?

One season does not does not make a world class player.

It’s a very sad day in my football supporting life when a player who I admired and respected for their work ethic and enthusiasm for the game exposes himself as a money grabbing whore.

The real tragedy is, that Adebayor is an awesome player, and one who’s playing style combines perfectly with Arsene’s footballing philosophy, I fear no other team can make Ade look as good as he is.

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