Emmanuel Adebayor has blamed his relationship with Arsenal fans as the primary reason behind his decision to join Manchester City last week in a deal said to be worth somewhere in the region of £25m.
The 25-year-old striker was booed by large sections of the home fans at the Emirates last season after a summer of speculation over his future. The Togo international told reporters that the reaction of Gunners fans resulted in him moving to Eastlands.
"The way the fans behaved towards me was not nice at all," Adebayor said. "I can't understand why they were after me. I did my best for them and I was very happy there. I scored 30 goals in a season - it's not my fault that Milan, Barcelona or Real Madrid wanted to sign me. In any summer, Barcelona try to sign Cesc Fábregas. But the fans never turned on him."
The striker also claimed that it was Arsenal's desire to raise transfer funds which pushed the deal with City through and not the deterioration of his relationship with Gunners manager Arsene Wenger.
"[My agent] 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."
"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."