London: Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor has accused Arsenal of being in a hurry to sell him off to Manchester City because they needed the money.
Manchester City purchased Adebayor for 25 million pounds, and he now plans to nick the Gunners chances of a Champions League spot.
Adebayor claims that the switch to Eastlands was not about money and more about realizing some of his long-standing ambitions in the coming years.
"When I came back from holiday, I landed on July 13 and my agent told me I was going to speak with the club. When I did, he told me they had come to an agreement with another club. It was a difficult decision to make. But I went away and thought now is the time for another challenge. It took about a week to sort everything out. He didn``t really say why they wanted to sell me, but I found out that they need the money and someone had to leave - that was me,” a leading daily quoted Adebayor, as saying about the Arsenal management.
"Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger put me where I am today but, he cannot stand up and say last summer I told him I wanted to leave. I told him I wanted to stay. I don``t think our relationship is broken. I think they need the money and need to sell someone. They chose me and they got their money. I hope they spend it quite well and go forward. I send them all my regards,” he added.
Adebayor signed a deal worth around 150,000 pounds a week at Eastlands.
Meanwhile, Arsenal is poised to make a move for Marseille captain Lorik Cana.
The Albanian midfielder, 25, missed out on a trial with the Gunners earlier in his career after being refused a visa.